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Column: Catching up with the Prescott Area Tennis Association

The City of Prescott is now offering a free public Tennis Club as well as adult and junior tennis programs primarily held at the Old Armory (Grace Sparkes Activity Center) just off Gurley Street. Rick Hormann, the City of Prescott's Sports Coordinator, recently created this new tennis enterprise with USPTA Tennis Pro Ken Jackson. Call Rick at 777-1557 if you have any questions.The Prescott Area Tennis Association (PATA), formerly called the Yavapai Tennis Association, formed in 1990. It began in the 1970s and is a free volunteer tennis association whose mission is to help promote and advance tennis activities throughout the Central Granite Basin Communities. This is accomplished through a working environment within the organization that increases the value of tennis as a highly enjoyable lifetime sport.Some people have asked what differences there are from what the City of Prescott is undertaking and what the Prescott Area Tennis Association does. Others have come to the conclusion that both entities have combined their efforts and are now just one.Hopefully the rest of this column can help with that clarity.The PATA and the City of Prescott tennis program are separate entities, even though they both market tennis in the Prescott area.The PATA does its best to help promote and support all tennis programs in the tri-city area from the public or private sector (open to the public) and make that knowledge known through their website. Among its contributions are listing all public courts with maps and court conditions and providing a "Players list" for all tennis participants. The PATA is also the source for other pertinent tennis information, like links to the City of Prescott tennis program, the Prescott Racquet Club, the Southwest United States Tennis Association, this column, etc.The organization is also behind the effort to make sure our public facilities stay in good condition, are safe and kept up. The PATA's main fundraiser has been the Annual Yavapai County Tennis Championships. But they also have been a part of running a free annual mixer, tennis carnival, the Millie Ryan Clinic and Raffle and other similar programs to get tennis players acquainted with one another.The City of Prescott's tennis activities are just that, one of many local efforts to give the general public (adults and juniors) additional outlets to join in that are cost effective. Other local tennis programs and outlets that are open to the public are at the Prescott Racquet Club (778-0708) and the Yavapai College/Roughrider tennis facility (778-7071).As more and more local tennis facilities become upgraded with growing programs, it will take even more of a coordinated effort to make sure the general public is aware and updated by a common denominator, and that would be the Prescott Area Tennis Association.Now, any of you who would like to make suggestions, volunteer, sponsor a kid, be on a board/committee, donate money or equipment, bequeath funds or add to the Millie Ryan Tennis Trust Fund, don't hesitate to give me a call and I'd be happy to assist in sending you to the right person to talk with.(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-445-1331 or
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