President’s Message

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President’s Message2018-12-15T18:32:42+00:00

2018 Western Wake Tennis Association Year in Review

It has been another exciting and purposeful year in our tennis community. It has been a year of competition, growth, charitable giving, fellowship, and community outreach. Our community is blessed with enthusiastic and talented tennis players, unsurpassed tennis professionals and facilities, amazing and generous volunteers, and a passion for the sport that is infectious!  See our year in numbers below.

A Look Ahead…
Tennis has a way of bringing the community together, enhancing our health and well-being, and creating a passion of giving and fellowship. As we reflect on the tremendous highlights of this year, we are enthusiastic about the year ahead. We will challenge ourselves to find new ways to promote and grow tennis in our community, while we continue to support, promote, and provide charitable contributions to our current programs and partnerships. We are committed in the year ahead to focusing on diversity and inclusion by introducing tennis to new communities within our WWTA service area. It takes a village… and we have an amazing Board of Directors, a dedicated staff, generous volunteers, amazing community facilities/professionals, and fabulous captains; all working together to make it happen!

A Call to Action…
We ask that you continue to enjoy this sport and all that it has given to you by joining us in 2019 as a WWTA volunteer. It is through our combined efforts that we will continue to make an impact in our community.

On behalf of the WWTA board, we thank you for another fabulous year of making tennis great in our community and we wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season.

Holly Haney, WWTA President
Laura Weygandt, WWTA Executive Director

Our Year in Numbers

Competition:
  • 460 adult players participated in 3 WWTA USTA annual sanctioned tournaments at Cary Tennis Park
  • 164 youth players participated in WWTA’s annual Cinco de Mayo tournament at Cary Tennis Park
  • 110 players participated in our annual Charity Classic benefiting Transitions LifeCare
  • 80 teams went to USTA-NC State Championships
  • 14 teams won USTA-NC State Championships
  • 1 team won USTA-NC Sectionals
  • 1 team went to USTA Nationals
  • 3 teams competed at the World Team Tennis Nationals
  • 1 team won the World Team Tennis Nationals
Charitable Giving:
  • $21,950 in total donations and community support to a variety of organizations in our community: Abilities Tennis Association, Pretty in Pink, Fit to Hit, Scott White Memorial, Dave Polvino Heart Health Awareness Tournament, Toys for Tots and the Atlantic Tire Championships.
WWTA led events included:
  • $11,000 donated to Transitions LifeCare through our annual WWTA Charity Classic
  • $4,400 donated to Tennis for Life through the Queen/King of the Court
  • $3,000 in youth scholarships awarded to youth players through our annual WWTA Charity Classic
  • $1,000 donated to Alzheimer’s Association through our annual Longest Day event at Carolina Preserve
Growth:
USTA Leagues:
  • 5% increase in USTA memberships
  • Over 9,700 participants in youth and adult leagues
  • Almost 13% increase in beginner level players
  • 686 teams formed
WWTA/World Team Tennis Leagues:
  • 475 players across 40 teams in World Team Team Tennis
  • 309 players on 33 teams for Ladies Winter League
  • 330 players on 29 teams for Spring Mixed
Find a Team/Player Programs:
  • 48 teams formed
  • 480+ player placement
  • 10 Beginner League teams formed
Try Tennis Programs:
  • 400 players participated in a Try Tennis program in 2018
  • 200 players of the participants were in one of 8 WWTA sessions
  • 28 of 2018 teams were made up of Try Tennis participants
Fellowship:
  • 120 seniors participated in our annual Sr. Appreciation Events
  • 385 unique captains led USTA/WWTA teams
  • 480 volunteer spots were filled in a variety of community events including Abilities Tennis, beginner programs, JTT State Championships, and more
  • 125 core volunteers participated in 2 or more events in our community this year