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PRIDE Month: Indy Tennis

June 18, 2014 09:01 AM

IndyTennis Celebrates its Tenth Season and Gives Back to Community
A Celebration of PRIDE Month

IndyTennis is a non-profit social tennis organization that was started in 2004 and is now celebrating its 10th season.  The group is affiliated with the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) and the USTA/Midwest Section and is an official USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA).  IndyTennis welcomes players of all abilities and backgrounds and hosts tennis play and social gatherings for members, family, and friends.  The organization was founded by John Oney as a way to create a community focused on tennis for GLBT citizens of Indianapolis, and to host a tennis tournament with the hope of bringing other GLBT players to the city.

screen-shot-2013-10-13-at-3-45-26-pmIndyTennis has been successful in its efforts to bring others to Indianapolis, averaging about 100 players in its annual Indy Tennis Classic, a national tournament sanctioned by the GLTA, held each September.  Players come from throughout the country, as well as Canada, to participate.  This year’s event is scheduled for September 27-29, 2014.  All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Indiana AIDS fund, the organizations’ official Charity Partner.  In fact, since 2009, the organization has donated nearly $10,000 to the fund.  

IndyTennis also participates in the city’s PRIDE festival and shows its support of other organizations by sending players to other Midwest GLBT tennis tournaments.  

screen-shot-2013-10-13-at-4-07-27-pmThe organization averages between 30-40 members on an annual basis, but is seeing great growth in its Start/ReStart program which began just two years ago.  Already the program, designed for people just beginning the sport or starting again after time off, has 20-30 players participating.  

President Lane Velayo is looking forward to this year and is working with his leadership to keep growing the membership and overall participation in tennis.  “Our goals are to continue growing our tournament, but also to continue to identify ways that we can engage our players and help them grow their tennis skills through clinics, social events and other opportunities,” Velayo said.

For more information about IndyTennis:
Website:  www.Indytennis.com
President Lane Velayo:  lane.velayo@gmail.com  


June is PRIDE Month, and the USTA/Midwest Section is recognizing those who strive to make a difference in the LGBT community on and off the court by highlighting local organizations, players, volunteers and coaches throughout the month. Click Here to learn more about those that have helped serve the USTA/Midwest Section mission and move the game into the future for the LGBT community.