It’s been a wonderful few months serving as the President of the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis.
What is the “Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis?”There’s confusion over the roles played by the various entities that run Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. There’s our new owner, the State of Georgia. There’s the City of Atlanta, which continues to be a solid partner. And then there are the two entities that do most of the day-to-day work at the tennis center: the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis and Universal Tennis Management.
The Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by volunteers that works to enhance and improve the visitor experience at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.
Our main goals are improvements to the tennis center’s facilities, but we also organize events and advocate for the tennis center’s interests on broader community issues.
We work closely with Tim Noonan and David Drew of Universal Tennis Management (UTM), who do a fantastic job overseeing the daily operations of Bitsy and running junior academies, summer camps and teaching private lessons.
What the Friends Do
In the past year, Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis volunteers have:
- Hosted events, including
- the prestigious Donoff Cup in September 2016, a USTA Sectional Tournament with top US senior players from four USTA sections,
- the award-winning Georgia State Adult/Senior Open in July 2016 & July 2017
- and the annual Holiday Party in December 2016.
- Helped to bring courtside shade to Bitsy, by building two shaded decks between courts 3 & 4 and 9 & 10, as well as adding shade covers to some courts and working with UTM to replace the cabana covers.
- Improved the landscaping.
- Advocated for the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center’s interests during the landswap.
- Kept people informed through this website and our Facebook page and email list.
- Won the USTA Outstanding Facility Award.
We have a lot planned for the future, including some exciting events this fall, plus:
- New landscaping upgrades (check back on our website for more information!)
- The Bobby Jones Golf Course renovation will result in the ten Bitsy Grant hard courts being moved near Northside Drive. We will gain two extra hard courts and much needed women’s and men’s bathrooms. The 12 hard courts are expected to be built sometime in 2018.
How You Can Get Involved
The Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis could not do anything without the volunteers and donors who dedicate their time and money towards making the tennis center better for all players.
Here are two ways you can start getting involved:
- Donate to the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis. The money you give is tax deductible, and goes toward events and improvements to the landscaping, communications, and facilities here at Bitsy. For example, your donations made the new decks and shade covers possible.
- Say hello to our board members when you see them on the courts – and let us know how we’re doing! We are listening to what you want at Bitsy. If you have suggestions or comments about the facility or what is available for tennis or paddle players, please let us know (our email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’ll also have more opportunities to get involved in the future, so check back here, sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on Facebook (or all of the above). We’d love to have you on our team!
– Dart Meadows