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PRIDE Month: Milwaukee Metro Tennis Club

June 9, 2014 09:01 AM
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Milwaukee Metro Tennis Club Provides Alternative Social Outlet
A Celebration of PRIDE Month

The Milwaukee Metro Tennis Club was started in 1991 by Bill Wardlow and Gary Ozuna with the mission to provide a safe environment for gay tennis players and their friends and family.  Not only was the club a way for players to work on their game, it provided an alternative social outlet than what was available at the time.  The club started with only 9 players, but today it averages at least 40 players in its popular league.

logoMembers of the Milwaukee Metro Tennis Club play on Sunday morning and afternoon at Wick Field in Milwaukee, beginning in June and continuing through August of each year.  Although it’s an official club promoting league play, many members also play outside of the club with each other just to be able to play as much tennis as they can during the season.

“Tennis is important because so many of us are fanatics and avid players,” said club representative Maurice Perry.  He and club members view tennis as a way to bridge the gap between the straight and gay communities.  “Again, this is another outlet for people to come together, gay or straight, to not only play tennis, but connect with each other and share this experience we call life.”

The club is very involved in the local gay community through its affiliation with the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network, which brings gay sports and other events together in the Milwaukee area.  The organization is hosting its third annual Big Gay 5K Run/Walk Thursday, June 5, and many of the club players will participate, along with athletes from various other sports.  Proceeds from the event benefit the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW).  Of course the club is also affiliated with the USTA/Midwest Section and is working to become affiliated with the GLTA.

Club members are actively promoting the sport they love in their community and they hope to soon host a tournament in Milwaukee.  More information about the Milwaukee Metro Tennis Club is available on its Facebook page, on its own website at www.milwaukeemetrotennisclub.org, and from the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network at www.milwaukeegaysportsnetwork.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.

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