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Alpine Regional Tennis Association Named Michigan’s 2015 State CTA of the Year


INDIANAPOLIS, IND., NOVEMBER 11, 2015 -- The USTA/Midwest Section is proud to announce that the Alpine Regional Tennis Association (ARTA) has been awarded Michigan’s 2015 State Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year Award.  This is a new award designed to recognize the work CTAs throughout the Midwest Section are doing in support of the USTA’s mission to promote and grow the game of tennis in their respective communities.  The Alpine Regional Tennis Association will be recognized at the USTA Northern Michigan District’s annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

ARTA was formed in the fall of 2012 with a mission to “foster interest and skill development for the lifelong sport of tennis for people of all ages in Northern Michigan.” Although there were informal men’s and women’s leagues in Gaylord for over 20 years, when certified professional tennis coach Dave Johnson and his wife Cathy relocated to the area, they organized efforts to formalize an organization that leveraged the resources and programming of the USTA. The association also partnered with other local organizations and schools to kick-start its programs.  Now, the association offers a variety of programming for players throughout Otsego and neighboring counties.

In its infancy, ARTA focused on youth tennis, offering Midwest Youth Team Tennis in partnership with Kiwanis to provide the program at a discount.  The association has donated tennis equipment to area schools to help expand instruction to middle and high school students.  Volunteers also painted blended lines at the public community center courts to create the smaller 36’ courts for youth play.

ARTA also offers adult programs for players of all skill levels such as clinics, lessons, cardio tennis, and “Start/ReStart”, a program for beginners or those returning to the game. USTA Leagues, and other competitive and recreational programs are offered.

ARTA continues to focus on partnering with the community to help improve tennis courts and facilities, and build new courts as well.  The association is currently leading efforts to build four new courts at the Otsego County Sportsplex so that it can eventually host regional tennis tournaments and other events.