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CHLA 2013 --Tennis Program and Tournament

Closing Ceremony Remarks

First a few words about this years tennis program. In crafting these efforts my primary focus is always price and flexibility to maximize participation. Between the three assistants and myself over 600 lesson hours were taught. The participants ranged in age from 4 to 80; executed forehands and backhands in temperatures that ranged from 40-100; went through 11 cartons of 176 cans with 528 tennis balls and drank close to 300 cups of water. And by the why -- it rained at one time or another over most of the 6 weeks of teaching (a shoutout to the OMNI Courts). Looking at tennis from a statistical perspective is in keeping with the geometry of the surface and the trajectory of the fuzzy yellow orb. Would that the sport were that simple; understandable by formula.

 

But my interest in the sport has more to do with the astonishingly complex dimensions encountered  in its emotional content. Although only a game, for three quarters of the twentieth century participation was circumscribed to the wealthy and elite.  Most notable of the unwritten restrictions to play, along with requiring only white attire, was the unconscionable exclusion of people of color. The importance of Arthur Ashe to this game, its present configuration and its future as an institution of powerful good in the world is inestimable. It is in the spirit of inclusion that I play and, more importantly, teach this game.

 

Finally I'd like to present 2 awards that speak to this goal.

 

The first I call the Be Somebody award. This goes to Jane Bevans. Given in recognition of that tennis player who, thru their perseverance, endeavors to defy the odds created by conventional attitudes and thinkers to achieve in a manner worthy of community citation.(See Recipient and Award Here).

 

The second award I'm hoping to make a fixture at this club. We need to continue our efforts to bring people into the game; onto the court; part of the fun; part of the drama. It's the right thing to do and it makes me proud to be a participant. This year the Arthur Ashe Award , is being given to Matt Jacobus and Virginia Terry, a truly tennis family, devoted to the game in just the way Arthur Ashe encouraged when he said and I quote "Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome…" This award goes to Matt Jacobus and Virginia Terry and family. Given in recognition of that tennis player who, due to their attitude, exemplifies a love for the game in a way that transcends competition. Win or lose this person hungers to be engaged in the sport.(See Recipient and Award Here).

 

Todd Piker

Tennis Director of Tennis

 

 
 
 
 
 
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