• GACTA 10th Anniversary Party and Annual Meeting at Gainesville Country Club

    Thanks to Patrick Jenkins, Jacob Birk, and the Gainesville Country Club for hosting the community tennis party! And a big thank you to the area tennis pros, Mike Oransky, Robert Taylor, Jean Vaughn, Sandra Philips, Chris McDonald, and Jason Weiss for making the tennis clinic such a success!

    GCC_GACTA_103aDuring the GACTA annual meeting, the following officers were elected for 2015:

    Anne Koterba-President

    Libby Smith-Vice President

    Ben Smith-Secretary

    Dean Poole-Treasurer

    Board members: Jade Park, Elizabeth Patterson, Lee Johnson, Linda Green and Christine Shurtleff

    Executive Director: Addison Staples

    For more photos of the Community Tennis Clinic, click here.

    And to all our volunteers who have made our Middle School Tennis and Aces in Motion programs a reality, thank you!

    2014 GACTA Volunteer Recognition

    Adults:

    • Elizabeth Patterson
    • Maurice Willacy
    • Jean Vaughn
    • Mark Staples
    • Nancy Staples
    • Bob Gwin
    • Don Blair
    • Marda Jorgensen
    • Kim Horner
    • Kevin Banes
    • Rod Nagoshi
    • Diana Caro
    • Bonnie O’Brien
    • Bobbie Mehan

    Juniors:

    • Ben Nagoshi
    • Sam Cockey
    • Ryan Joo
    • Daniel Vaughn
    • Aminah Moffett
    • Walia Moffett
    • Marcela Ifju
    • Daniela Ifju
    • Austin Edwards
    • Davis Washburn
    • Lillie Mehan

    Middle School Tennis Parent Coordinators 2014:

    • Scott Frey and Betsy Fischer
    • Tammy Miller
    • John Tucker
    • Kim Heninger
    • Clare Uman and Kikumi Gugel
    • Albert Sloan and John Lear
    • Elizabeth Patterson

    Coaches/Facilities that Adopted Middle School Teams:

    • Abdoulaye Toure (300 Club): Lincoln
    • Dave Porter: Oak Hall
    • Mike Oransky (Westside): Westwood
    • Chris McDonald: Howard Bishop
    • Robert Taylor (Haile): Kanapaha

    Tennis Teaching Pros Participating in the Community Tennis Clinic in August

    • Don Blair
    • Robert Taylor
    • Addison Staples
    • Jason Weiss
    • Chris McDonald
    • Jeremy Beach
    • Eli Meyer
    • Jeremy Bayon
    • Mark Merklein
    • Paul Reese
    • Dave Balogh
    • Patrick Jenkins
    • Roland Thornquist
    • Maurice Willacy
    • Eric Ligman
    • Tracey Begley
    • Bryan Shelton
    • Mike Oransky
  • GACTA Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Aces in Motion Program

    On Saturday, August 23rd, a morning community tennis event at DB Racquet Club and an Evening Celebration of Tennis were held to support the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association’s Aces in Motion Tennis Outreach Program for at-risk children. The fundraiser, the The Bryan Shelton Celebration of Gainesville Tennis, Past and Present, was very well received by the Gainesville tennis community. The morning and evening events both sold out, and approximately 200 people attended.

    In a first for Gainesville, Don Blair of DB Racquet Club recruited tennis teaching pros from almost all the tennis clubs in town (including Fort King Tennis Center in Ocala) to come together and teach in the community tennis clinic. The UF Men and Women’s Tennis coaches also participated in the clinic, jumping on court along with tennis players from the community. Thanks to all the teaching pros who gave up their Saturday mornings to provide the “best Gainesville community tennis clinic ever”!

    Following the clinic, an exhibition was held, featuring Roland Thornquist, the UF women’s head coach and Bryan Shelton, the UF men’s head coach, who joined forces to compete against a former UF player, Chris McDonald and Tracey Smith Begley, a former FSU player.  Players from the community were then randomly selected to join in friendly tiebreakers with Bryan and Roland. To end the morning session, Bryan Shelton shared his thoughts with the crowd on the importance of the Aces in Motion program.

    The evening event featured Bryan Shelton, program directors Addison Staples and Chris McDonald, and participants in the organization’s Aces in Motion program, as well as live music and a silent auction. Attendees could also walk through a display of the highlights of Gainesville’s illustrious tennis history. As a part of the event, the Dr. John Ross Pre-Collegiate Scholarship was established, to honor the memory of Dr. Ross, a long-time Gainesville resident, beloved pediatric neurologist, and tennis advocate and enthusiast.

     

     

  • The Bryan Shelton Celebration of Gainesville Tennis Past & Present

    Saturday August 23rd, 2014

    A fundraiser to benefit the GACTA’s Aces in Motion (AIM) tennis outreach program.

    Click Here to Purchase Your Tickets Online Now!

    • Morning Tennis: Adult: $25; Junior (under 18): $15
    • Morning Tennis–Spectator only: Adult: $10; Junior (under 18): Free
    • Evening Celebration: Adult & Junior: $40
    • Both Events: Adult: $60; Junior (under 18): $50

    EVENTS

    Morning Tennis
    Time:  9 am – 12 noon (check-in is 8:30 am)
    Location: DB Racquet Club, 5100 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653

    Activities include: Tennis clinics by area pros, Pro-Am, and Exhibition, Silent Auction, Music and Refreshments and Award for “Best Dressed” in Vintage Tennis Attire.

    “AIM for the Stars” Evening Celebration
    Time:  6:30 pm – 9 pm
    Location: Gainesville Garden Club, 1350 NW 75th Street, Gainesville, FL (behind Red Lobster)

    Come and enjoy the:

    • Displays of Gainesville tennis history
    • Presentations by UF Men’s Head Tennis Coach Bryan Shelton and AIM participants
    • Live music provided by the Killer B’s
    • Silent auction and raffle
    • Dinner catered by 4 Rivers, appetizers, desserts, refreshments

    Any questions, please contact Addison Staples, Executive Director, GACTA @ adstennis@nullgmail.com

  • 2014 GACTA Middle School Tennis Season to Begin in April

    The fourth season of GACTA’s middle school tennis after-school program is starting up soon.

    The Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association is sponsoring the fourth season of its Middle School Tennis Program in Alachua County. The season is set to begin in April, 2014.

    Anne Koterba, vice president of GACTA, says the middle school tennis program helps introduce the lifetime sport of tennis to this age group and provide a positive recreational after-school activity for students. “GACTA has the opportunity to work along with the Alachua County school system, as well as private schools,  to provide middle school students with a safe, fun and learning atmosphere centered on tennis,” Koterba said. “Tennis helps teach students how to live a healthy lifestyle, and this program will give them the skills to play in high school and with their family and friends for the rest of their lives.”

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    In 2013, the program included eight private and public middle schools and approximately 140 students participated. The 2014 season will begin with practices in early April.  Dual matches are planned to begin on Friday April 25th,  and will continue through May. A tournament/play day will conclude the season. Participants will receive clinics from volunteer local tennis teaching professionals at local tennis facilities, and parents will volunteer to captain the each school’s team. Most matches will be held on Fridays, at various tennis facilities in the Gainesville area.

    A no-cut format will be used, and the program is aimed at players of all levels. The costs associated with registration are $45 for the season and include a team T-shirt, match balls and the end of season tournament/party. Transportation to and from the tennis facilities will be the responsibility of the parents. Scholarships are available.

    Use the QR code to share with your friends about the Middle School Tennis program!  For more information, visit our Middle School Tennis web page or contact Anne Koterba, akoterba@nullaol.com or 352-665-9544.

  • Aces in Motion Program Featured on WUFT TV Evening News

    WUFT Evening News recently featured GACTA’s Aces in Motion program and its leader, Addison Staples, on the evening news. Watch the interview in the video below.

  • USTA Florida Community Tennis Workshop

    From: http://www.florida.usta.com/news/gainesville_hosts_community_tennis_workshop_growing_healthy_communities111/

    The tennis community of Gainesville and surrounding areas rallied approximately 70 tennis advocates for a USTA Florida Community Tennis Workshop, “Growing Healthy Communities Through Tennis” on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla.

    Participants returned to their communities armed with new strategies for growing and maintaining grassroots as well as advanced adult and junior programs and events.

    “While it was storming outside, it was pouring all kinds of tennis information and new ideas inside,” said USTA Florida volunteer and Community Outreach Committee chair Deb Anderson. “People who attended were from all walks of life within the tennis community. Attendees included local and state volunteers, municipal employees, tennis professionals, tennis parents, USTA Florida and USTA national staff and more.”

    The workshop was designed for the North Central Florida area where Gainesville tennis advocates were joined by attendees from Tallahassee to Daytona Beach.

    Some of the topics included:
    o       Creating Sustainable Community Tennis Programs
    o       Growing Junior Tennis
    o       Recruiting and Retaining and Getting Former Players Back
    o       Marketing Tennis Events and Programs and the Role of Social Media

    Anne Koterba, a member of the Community Outreach Committee and one of the workshop organizers said, “We wanted members of the various tennis communities in our area to meet and realize that if they share their local experiences, the whole area can benefit.  Our workshop topics were based on a survey of community tennis people within the state, and these topics did seem to resonate with the attendees at the workshop.”

    “The workshop was short, surgical and energizing,” said Glen Howe, tennis superintendent for the city of Tallahassee. “The bad news is that it gave me and my friends a number of items that Tallahassee will need to work on.”

    The workshop was a pilot for future workshops to be held around the state, conceived by the USTA Florida volunteer-run Community Outreach Committee. Its success was the direct result of the financial and directional support it received from USTA Florida as well as the time commitment and planning on the part of the following committee members and staff liaisons:

    o       Chair, Deb Anderson, Bradenton
    o       Connie Fenchel, Daytona Beach
    o       Judy Foster, Clearwater
    o       Sue James, Tallahassee
    o       Anne Koterba, Gainesville
    o       T.A. Niles, Fort Myers
    o       Linda Curtis, Staff Liaison
    o       Lynne Salus, Staff Liaison

  • GACTA Announces Alachua County Middle School Tennis Program 2011

    The Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association is launching a pilot after school tennis program for middle school students in Alachua County. The inaugural season is set to begin in late March.

    Anne Koterba, vice president of GACTA, says the new middle school program will help introduce the lifetime sport of tennis to this age group and provide a positive recreational after school activity for students.

    “GACTA now has the opportunity to work along with the Alachua County school system to provide middle school students with a safe, fun and learning atmosphere centered on tennis,” Koterba said. “Tennis helps teach students how to live a healthy lifestyle, and this program will give them the skills to play in high school and with their family and friends for the rest of their lives.”

    Fort Clarke Middle School, Kanapaha Middle School, Westwood Middle School and Lincoln Middle School are the four Alachua County schools participating in the pilot middle school program. The season will begin with practices in late March. The schedule of five dual match weeks and one tournament week will extend from April 18th-May 27th, 2011. Participants will receive clinics from volunteer local tennis teaching professionals at local tennis facilities, and parents will captain the each school’s team.

    A no-cut format will be used, and the program is aimed at players of all levels.

    The costs associated with registration are $30 for the season and include a team T-shirt, match balls and the end of season tournament and party. Transportation to and from the tennis facilities will be the responsibility of the parents.