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Recognized as a leader in tennis programming throughout the Kansas City area, Midtown Athletic Club in Overland Park, KS, was recently named “2013 Member Organization of the Year” by the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Heart of America District.
The 4,100-member district also presented the Overland Park club with its “Event of the Year” award, while recognizing Midtown tennis coach Michelle Hall as “Adult Player of the Year”
The USTA Heart of America District award observed Midtown’s service to the local tennis community by hosting dozens of USTA events—including USTA “Play Days” for junior players, and the section’s on-court portion of their annual meeting. Throughout the year, Midtown also donated its facilities for several amateur tournaments, and provided its courts for free, public clinics, as well as to area high schools during inclement weather.
The district also honored Midtown with its “Event of the Year” award. Midtown Junior Tennis Director Anthony Perkins used his recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis to raise awareness to the disease. Several TV news stations interviewed Perkins for their medical segments. The tennis coach later coordinated a “MS Black Tie Optional” fundraiser at the club, which raised $12,000 for the National MS Society.
The final district award went to Lee’s Summit’s Michelle Hall, who was named “Adult Player of the Year” for her performance, accomplishments, sportsmanship and promotion of tennis to the Kansas City area. Hall is a Midtown tennis coach.
“We’re incredibly proud to garner these prestigious, USTA district awards,” says Midtown Tennis Director Dave Gary. “It validates our ongoing commitment to provide players with the best overall tennis experience in the Kansas City area.”
The Overland Park club touts nine indoor tennis courts and three dedicated hitting lanes for automatic ball machine hitting.
Since 2009, more than $2 million in improvements have been made at Midtown, including comprehensive lobby and locker room area renovations. Last summer, the club added $300,000 in new fitness equipment bearing names like Cybex, Octane, Life Fitness and Free Motion, as well as dual, theatre-quality movie screens in its fitness area.
Helen Elliot, USTA Heart of America executive director says she’s not surprised that Midtown won three district awards this year.
“Midtown Athletic Club is one of the premier tennis clubs in our district,” she says. “Not only does the club offer league play, but it also assists us in organizing many tennis activities throughout the district.”