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November 1, 2014
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BUZZ:
  2014 USTA Colorado Annual Award winners announced
  New issue of Colorado Tennis now available
  2015 Big Book reservations now being accepted
  USTA Colorado Seeks Like-minded Partners
  Support the CYTF on Colorado Gives Day

EVENTS:
  Venus Williams named keynote speaker for Breakfast of Champions
  Pro Am to benefit the CYTF set for November 15
  USPTA hosting conferences
  Recapping the 2014 Breaking the Barriers 2.0 exhibit in pictures

COMMUNITY:
  “What makes your CTA great?”
  Racquets for All High School Challenge Winner
  Montbello’s McGlone Elementary latest school to benefit from Subaru’s partnership with USTA Colorado

ADULT LEAGUES:
  Colorado Teams finish second, fourth at Nationals
  Special Thanks to District Championship Host Facilities

PLAY:
  Upcoming Tournaments


2014 USTA Colorado Annual Award winners announced
The list of USTA Colorado’s 2014 Annual Awards winners is now public. Congratulations to the players, coaches, volunteers and administrators who distinguished themselves with their outstanding contributions to the Colorado tennis community.

New issue of Colorado Tennis now available
The 2014 Fall/Winter issue of Colorado Tennis newspaper is now available online. Visit our newsstand now.

2015 Big Book reservations now being accepted
The 2015 Big Book of Colorado Tennis is just a few short months away, and USTA Colorado is accepting reservations for advertising. The deadline to advertise in next year’s Big Book is December 1, 2014. It will be distributed in January.

USTA Colorado Seeks Like-minded Partners
The explosive popularity of tennis makes it a viable investment for companies seeking exposure among the diverse group of players who frequent the courts. While the sport is reaching people of all backgrounds, our demographic includes those with strong earning power. With tennis participation nearing an all-time high, a partnership with USTA Colorado gives sponsoring businesses the ability to capitalize on this rapidly growing market. For more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Schaefer at 303/695-4116 x 201.

Support the CYTF on Colorado Gives Day
The Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation is one of the many Not-For-Profits that will benefit from Colorado Gives Day. This year’s giving event is on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the partners, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Through the lifetime sport of tennis, the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation promotes the physical, emotional and social development of all youth to aspire to become active, productive and responsible citizens. Help the CYTF achieve its mission by giving on December 9.

Venus Williams named keynote speaker for Breakfast of Champions
Venus Williams named keynote speaker for Breakfast of Champions Tennis great Venus Williams will keynote the Peak Vista Community Health Center’s Breakfast of Champions on November 4. A four time Olympic gold medalist and holder of seven grand slam singles titles, Williams announced her battle with Sjogren’s Syndrome in 2012. She continues to be a dominant force on the WTA Tour. For event tickets.

Pro Am to benefit the CYTF set for November 15
Calling all pros and players! The ever-popular third annual Pro Am to benefit the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation is set for November 15th at Colorado Athletic Club Monaco from 5:30-10pm. Players of all levels can bid on the pros starting in early November. Teams will compete in a flighted round robin culminating in a final match. Thanks to Wendy Donovan for donating the courts and Dan Washburne from Mile Hi Catering for providing the snacks. To learn more and to bid.

USPTA hosting conferences
USPTA Intermountain will be hosting a regional Conference at Lifetime Fitness in Centennial, Colorado on February 7-8, 2015. This Conference will combine with the yearly Colorado High School Coaches Workshop. Contact Nora Harrison at 720/281-8422 for more information. Testing/Certification will be offered on Friday, February 6, 2015. Please contact Vicky Tristan at 800/877-8248 ext 108 for testing dates and information.

USPTA Intermountain will also be hosting an National Education Day in Colorado at Greenwood Athletic Club on Sunday, November 16, 2014. The topic "Teaching the Right Stuff Through Understanding of Progression" will be conducted by Ron Steege from 9am-12pm. Please contact Ron Steege at 3031771-2588 ext 394 to register or for more information.

Recapping the 2014 Breaking the Barriers 2.0 exhibit in pictures
2014 was an incredible year for the Breaking the Barriers Series, as the second and third chapters focusing on the Asian and Latino communities completed their respective runs at Denver International Airport and the Webb Municipal Building. Relive some of the highlights from the Asian Connection and ¡Vive el Tenis! receptions, and see the portraits, photographed by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez.

“What makes your CTA great?”
Did you ever stop and think about what makes your individual Community Tennis Association (CTA) great? Now, USTA is asking CTAs around the country to share homemade videos expressing why their CTA stands out above others. All CTAs submitting a video receive an equipment package for participating and the grand prize is four tickets to the 2015 US Open in New York City. Videos must be submitted by November 12. Click here for all of the details.

Racquets for All High School Challenge Winner
Congratulations to the Arapahoe High School boys’ tennis team for winning the Racquets for All High School Challenge for the 4th year in a row!

Montbello’s McGlone Elementary latest school to benefit from Subaru’s partnership with USTA Colorado
Students at Montbello’s McGlone Elementary learned about diversity in tennis and how individuals and groups have broken down barriers through the sport as part of the USTA Colorado Breaking the Barriers 2.0 ¡Vive el Tenis! project. The school visit was made possible in part to Subaru of America’s continued support of USTA Colorado.

Colorado Teams finish second, fourth at Nationals
Congratulations to three Colorado squads who had very strong finishes in recent USTA Adult National Championships!

Greenwood Athletic Club W5.0 reach National finals
Greenwood Athletic & Tennis club's W5.0 squad finished second at the USTA league Adult 18 & Over 5.0 National championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA. GAC lost to a team from Monarch Beach, CA, 2-1 in the championship match. Earlier in the day, they defeated a team from Seattle, 2-1 in the semis. The team is captained by Rhona Howett Kaczmarczyk and features Jill Vanderkooi, Erin Hirstine, Daria Matthews, Simona Bruetting, Suzette Riddle, Molly Carter, Tammy Arado, Madison Porter and Ginger Phillips.

CAC Monaco M5.0 take 4th at Nationals
The Colorado Athletic Club Monaco M5.0 team lost to a team from Minneapolis, 1-2 in the semifinal match of the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 5.0 National Championships after winning their division. The team is captained by Alex Davydov and features Kuba Ilowski, Jason Tudor, Robert Rydel, Steven Graves, Jonathan Kaufman, Robert Kuseski, Martin Krbec, Filip Pavlovic, Milos Koprivica, Grigor Arzumanyan, Kurt Kennedy, Trent Broach and Christoper Colwell.

Colorado Springs Racquet Club M3.0 take 4th at Nationals
The Colorado Springs Racquet Club M3.0 team lost to a team from Ohio in the semifinal match of the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 3.0 National Championships after winning their division. The team is captained by Mickey Gunter and features Dave Downie, Evan Earl Evans, Robert Fredell, Curt Ormond, James Thomas Pearson, William Martin, Kyle Charles, Brian Renga, George Graf, Daniel C Emerson and David Maki.

For National Championship information, visit usta.com/leaguechampionships.

Special Thanks to District Championship Host Facilities
USTA Colorado extends a very hearty thanks to all the facilities that hosted Colorado District Championship events in 2014: Aurora Parks & Recreation, Colorado Athletic Club Inverness, Colorado Athletic Club Monaco, Denver Parks & Recreation, Ken-Caryl Ranch Metro District, Pinehurst Country Club and South Suburban Parks & Recreation. In all, there were 2,498 individual matches played during all of our ten District Championship events this year!

Upcoming Colorado Sanctioned Tournaments
(Entries closing in the next 45 days)
Tournament Name Entries
Open/Close
Tournament
Start/End
Turkey Shoot Thanksgiving Junior Championship
Open: BG(10-18)s,SE
09/13/2014 (Open)
11/20/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
11/27/2014 (Start)
11/30/2014 (End)
Greenwood Doubles Challenge
NM(3.0-5.0)d; NW(3.0-4.5)d; NX(3.0-4.5)d
09/21/2014 (Open)
12/03/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/10/2014 (Start)
12/15/2014 (End)
Pinery Country Club Holiday Jr. Challenger
BG(18-10)s, yes
10/13/2014 (Open)
12/12/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/19/2014 (Start)
12/27/2014 (End)
Flying Horse Clay Links Challenger
BG(18-10)s
10/05/2014 (Open)
12/12/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/19/2014 (Start)
12/21/2014 (End)
Junior Holiday Open Championship
BG(12-18)s
10/16/2014 (Open)
12/16/2014 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/26/2014 (Start)
12/31/2014 (End)
 
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