GACTA kicks off membership drive, announces spring leagues

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Making tennis affordable for everyone: that’s the goal of the Greenville Area Community Tennis Association, says spokesperson Lisa McKeague. With that in mind, GACTA is trying something new this year and waiving all fees for Spring, Summer and Fall Leagues during its membership drive.

“With the economy as it is, we really want to keep costs down to encourage more people to play tennis.  Our membership is very affordable, just $15 for an individual and $25 for a family, no matter how large,” McKeague said.

“This is a way to encourage families to get together and play spring, summer or fall-or all of the above.”

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GACTA is holding a Fun-Day kickoff Saturday, April 23 starting at 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Beeland Park. The kickoff is also the deadline to register for the spring league, McKeague said, and registration forms can be brought to the event.

Doubles matches for advanced, intermediates and adults are planned for the day, with a choice of singles or doubles for intermediates, and beginners’ singles at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at 11 a.m.

“It’s going to be a fun day for all involved and we hope lots of folks will come out and be a part of our kickoff weekend,” said McKeague.

The spring league kicks things off April 25 with the Quick Start Program (ages 4-10), held at Greenville Elementary School on Monday afternoons. Adults and Advanced Youth Doubles also begin April 25 at Beeland Park. The Beginners and Intermediate Programs both are set to start April 28 at Beeland Park.

Something else new this spring for GACTA: plans to hold an official spring tournament May 20-22, with hopes of making this an annual event for local tennis enthusiasts.

“This is a chance to give us some experience in holding such an event. Our hope is, once we get our new courts built at the YMCA, we will actually be able to hold a U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned event here in Greenville. We are in a perfect location to draw players from all around the region,” McKeague said.

Anyone with questions or seeking more information about GACTA is encouraged to email the organization at Membership forms are also available at the Greenville YMCA.