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Belton Tennis Association Receives State and Section Recognition (...Continued article)

During the last 60 years BTA has offered facilities, programming and tournaments to insure Belton remains "The Tennis Capital of South Carolina." The Association continues to operate and maintain the 5-court Belton Tennis Center, which is a privately funded public facility. The courts are open for play to the public at no charge anytime (day or night) other than before noon on Sunday. The Belton Tennis Association has always supported the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and its programs. Three USTA South Carolina presidents and 2 USTA Southern presidents are former BTA presidents. Rex Maynard serves on a number of state, section and national USTA committees and Hack Clinkscales is a member of the South Carolina Community Tennis Association Council.

2014 was a banner year for Belton Tennis. Some of their accomplishments included:

  • Secured a seed grant of $100,000 from the Timken Foundation to rebuild and expand the tennis Courts at Leda Poore Park. Additional funding was provided by Anderson County and the State of South Carolina, with the City of Belton funding the $125,000 balance from hospitality funds. BTA planned and managed the bidding process and reconstruction, which was finished on time and only $500 over the $250,000 budget.
  • Held an Upstate 10U Circuit one-day tournament in April.
  • Hosted the 58th Palmetto Championships over Memorial Day weekend in Belton and Anderson, with a record 435+ entries. The following weekend BTA hosted and 8U Palmetto using short courts.
  • The 4th Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD), featuring competition and fund for special athletes from three states paired with unified partners, was played over two days in June.
  • The Hall of Fame Classic, a girls high school tournament, was played for the 28th year the last weekend in September.
  • Held the first South Carolina Men's Collegiate Invitational the first weekend of October in conjunction with the Standpipe Festival. The tournament, which was played in memory of Big Jim Russell, featured 45 players from 10 different colleges and universities in South Carolina.
  • Hosted two BHP girls winning playoff matches in November and provided food to the players and families of both teams.
  • Rex Maynard received the USTA Eve Kraft Community Service Award, a national honor based on community involvement.
  • Continued clinics for 10U children using the appropriate size equipment.
  • Made an agreement with long time tennis professional Chuck Waldron to provide lessons and clinics to children and youth two days per week.

The South Carolina award will be presented this weekend at Wild Dunes during the state's award luncheon. The Southern award will be presented in Atlanta on January 17. Hack Clinkscales, 2013-14 BTA President, had this to say about the honors: "This was a record year for BTA....we hosted the new men's collegiate tournament plus all the other events we do, and most grew in participation and attendance. We're thankful for all our supporters and sponsors, especially Jon Holmes and Chick-fil-A of Anderson who supports all of our events. We couldn't do it without them. It's great that USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern are recognizing our efforts and accomplishments, and we're honored to receive these awards. Tennis offers great exercise and life lessons, and we'll continue working to grow the game in the Belton area."

 

 

 
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