The Granite YMCA Named Community Tennis Association of the Year
The Granite YMCA is honored to be named Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year by the U.S. Tennis Association of New England.
Last week, USTA New England announced five annual award winners that went above and beyond to promote and develop the growth of tennis in New England in 2022. A ceremony will take place at Tennis Weekend on November 5 in Framingham, MA. Winners were nominated by the New England tennis community and then voted on by the USTA New England Awards Committee. Thank you USTA for the prestigious recognition and for the kind words!
Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year - The Granite YMCA
The Granite YMCA is the largest YMCA association in northern New England, with six New Hampshire facilities. Tennis takes place at the YMCA Allard Center in Goffstown, where programs are offered for adults and youth starting at age 4.
Two years ago, the tennis staff worked to establish a free community tennis program in Manchester to give underserved youth and families the opportunity to play weekly. During quarantine, the staff taught them how to practice tennis in their driveways and at home. The Y also donated and delivered tennis equipment to households throughout the community.
During the summer of 2020, when most camps and programs were closed, the Y hosted free tennis lessons outside in Manchester for all to learn the basics and play matches safely.
In the past year, USTA programs at the facility have gone up 43%.
The Y is the definition of a community organization that includes so many who dedicate their time to give back to the sport. The organization recruits adult and junior volunteers to help with tournament and league matches, court reservations, team travel and more.