Who: GCTA is a nonprofit 501c3 membership-based community tennis association serving the needs of residents of Greene County, Tennessee and adjacent communities. GCTA partners with public and private individuals, organizations, and governments to promote the growth and development of tennis, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage tennis as a lifetime sport, and generally enhance the quality of life in Greene County, Tennessee. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors which meets quarterly. The staff includes Adam Jackson and Helen Smith. The GCTA relies upon volunteers for many functions.
What: GCTA provides programs and operates a public tennis court center. Its youth programs include 10 & Under programs, junior instruction, camps, clinics, Free Tennis Play Days and Festivals, Junior Team Tennis leagues, Schools Tennis, and sanctioned junior tournaments. GCTA features USTA junior programs and encourages all youth to pursue the USTA junior pathways (competitive and recreation options). All five Greene County high school teams use the center in the TSSAA Spring season and the center hosts district and regional TSSAA events. GCTA has a strong schools outreach program: since 2011, GCTA has leveraged USTA, USTA Southern, USTA Tennessee, and local foundation grants matched by school resources to equip ten local schools with tennis equipment. The schools include Baileyton Elementary, Camp Creek Elementary, Chuckey-Doak Middle School, Chuckey Elementary, Doak, Eastview, Hal Henard, Heritage Home Scholars, Highland Year Round, Ottway, Tusculum View, and West Pines elementary schools, and North Greene High School. The outreach has provided more than $35,000 in equipment to the schools, ensured that tennis part of the schools' PE curricula, and introduced more than 5,000 children to tennis. GCTA Adult programs include all USTA adult leagues (Adult, Mixed, Tri-Level, and Combo), instruction, clinics, and non-sanctioned tournaments. The GCTA provides racquet stringing and gripping services.
Tennis Center: GCTA operates an eight-court lighted public tennis center, which is open and free to the public 365 days per year. GCTA raised most of the $540,000 needed to build the center, which was constructed with a unique combination of private, local, state, and federal government funding, foundation grants, and a large ($65,000) grant made by the United States Tennis Association as part of its Public Facility Funding program. The center includes a building with a complete kitchen, office, restrooms, and meeting area, six hard courts, and two Har-Tru courts which are available to members who pay a small annual fee. The center is one of the few public tennis centers in Tennessee which provide Har-Tru courts, especially attractive to older players. USTA programs and events are featured at the center. GCTA is a member of the USTA (the governing body of the sport), the Southern Tennis Association, and the Tennessee Tennis Association and fully supports those organizations.
Funding: The operating budget is approximately $25,000 per year. Income is derived from modest annual dues, individual and business donations, grants, program service fees, racquet stringing/gripping revenue, product sales, a percentage of fees earned by the professional teaching staff, and fundraising events. Expenses include all supplies used in the building and on the courts, maintenance of the courts and accessories, staff development, and marketing and organizational expenses. 100% of its income remains in Greene County and adjacent communities, providing tennis to those communities.
Features: Although the GCTA is unique in many respects, several things distinguish the organization.
- Inclusion: No child is denied participation in any program or event on the basis of inability to pay and the GCTA has consistently provided children with racquets and gear on a case by case basis.
- Partnership: GCTA has effectively partnered with multiple partners since it began in 2005. This includes the Greeneville Parks & Recreation Department (which provides maintenance and utilities), Town of Greeneville, Greeneville Schools, Greene County, Greene County Schools, Greeneville-Greene County Family YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville, Greene County Partnership Sports Council, civic groups, businesses, and individuals.
- Community Commitment: The GCTA is committed to improving the quality of life in Greene County, Tennessee and adjacent communities through involvement, education, and participation. We recognize our role in our community and we welcome all participation by volunteers. The GCTA has achieved remarkable results and outcomes because volunteers are committed to our community.