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PRIDE Month: Second City Tennis

June 23, 2014 09:01 AM

Second City Tennis Serves Chicago Community
A Celebration of PRIDE Month

Second City Tennis (SCT) is an organization formed to serve the gay and lesbian community of Chicago.  It was started in 1987 by a small group of LGBT tennis enthusiasts with a mission to create and support competitive and social tennis programs for the LGBTQ and allied communities, and promote unity among its membership.  The organization formed its first Board of Directors in 1998 and just last year, it began its association with the Athletic Alliance of Chicago.

martinaNow at almost 1,000 members, SCT organizes a variety of programs including beginner clinics, winter indoor doubles leagues, a summer singles ladder, and team tennis (similar to Davis Cup).  The organization is excited to have recently launched a new Start/ReStart program in partnership with the USTA/Midwest Section.  This program is designed for those just starting to play tennis, or for those who are returning to the game after a long absence.  
“We are particularly excited by the launch of Start/ReStart,” said George Cheung, President.  “Through this program, our goal is to engage 100 new members at the beginner level over the next two years.”

One of SCT’s most popular events is the Chicago Classic (or the Second City Tennis Classic), the largest tournament in the region sanctioned by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association. This year, proceeds from the Chicago Classic will support the Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC), which serves the health needs of Chicago’s LGBTQ community.  HBHC is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations, serving more than 16,000 adults and youth each year through a multi-site operation in Chicago.

In 2013, Second City Tennis launched a strategic planning process.  This included a membership survey, one-on-one interviews with key leaders, and an all-day retreat exclusively for the Board of Directors, which is composed mostly of new members.  As a result of this process, several important changes and updates have been made, including a refreshed mission, new efforts to target beginner players (such as the Start/ReStart program), more social opportunities, and a major overhaul of the Chicago Classic, which has moved to world-class tennis facilities at Northwestern University.  This year’s event took place June 13-15, 2014.

For more information about Second City Tennis:
Website:  http://secondcitytennis.com/ 
Contact Information:  http://secondcitytennis.com/about-sct/sct-board 


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.