2015 HCCTA News
Grace Marchese Honored
|Grace Marchese is a dedicated student, volunteer, tennis player and strong advocate of the game, but, perhaps, the most impressive thing about her is that she does all of this for all the right reasons. She has taken, and continues to take, every opportunity to support and promote the game of tennis for all players. She is a gracious and respectful competitor. She is an Honor Roll student all three years at Clay Middle School as well as a volunteer for Special Olympics, Hamilton County Tennis coach, Project Sunshine (crafts with Riley kids), Best Buddies and others. She is consistently increasing her Midwest ranking and has qualified for the Midwest closed for the past four years.
Grace is a sophomore at Carmel High School where she plays on the girls tennis team. She started playing tennis at Carmel Racquet Club when she was six years old. Grace is one of the four volunteer coaches for Special Olympics of Hamilton County tennis program, the only Special Olympic tennis program in Indiana. In October she and Reiley Harrington made a presentation to all Special Olympic Indiana county coordinators about starting Special Olympic tennis in other communities.
Grace is also a student co-author of Champion Citizen: Jean Driscoll.
The Barbara S. Wynne Junior Sportsmanship Award is given to the outstanding female player who best exhibits a high degree of sportsmanship, playing ability, and excellent mental attitude, and who works to promote the game of tennis. This award is usually given to a high school senior girl. Grace’s leadership and giving to others is beyond her years.
2015 Stan Malless Award
|HCCTA Founder Helen Petersen congratulated Jenny Pearson on receiving the 2015 CITA Stan Malless Award, the highest honor bestowed on a Central Indiana tennis volunteer by the Central Indiana Tennis Association/CITA.
Among Jenny’s decades of giving back to tennis is her consulting on HCCTA’s Champion Citizen books and lesson plans. Jenny is a retired Latin teacher from Cathedral High School and currently tutors students in the Learning Center for Washington Township Schools. Her contributions to the Champion Citizen books and Champion Reads program are invaluable.
Hawthorns Tennis Mixer Fund Raiser
|The tennis players at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club raised more than $1m100 at its July 11 Adult Tennis Mixer which benefited HCCTA. For two hours 24 Hawthorns members hustled on the court, snacked on gourmet finger-food, and opened their wallets and hearts to promoting youth tennis in the Fishers area.
Because of their generosity HCCTA will again be able to offer HCCTA Gym Tennis, a free tennis program that has the HCCTA Tennis Director teaching tennis in PE classes with the PE teacher and HCCTA donating tennis equipment to the school. Thank you Dan Donovan, Hawthorns Golf and Country Club Tennis Director, for organizing the event. Lori Etheredge was the women’s winner and her husband Wade was the men’s winner.
Tennis Balls for IPS Desks
|IPS teacher Joanna Brown called HCCTA early August asking for 400 used tennis balls to put on the bottom of students’ desks at IPS 65. Within one week she had more than 400 tennis balls! Two weeks later she had another 100 balls. Thank you, HCCTA supporters!|
Special Olympian at Colts Game
|Special Olympic tennis player Zach Inez and his mother Zenobia were all smiles at the September 3 Indianapolis Colts game. Zach has played in the Special Olympics of Hamilton County tennis program since its inception in 2013. He had never missed a practice. Zenobia is a busy single mother raising three sons. Mike and Stephanie Box graciously donated their tickets to HCCTA.|
Books Donated to The Project School
|In June 2015 Helen Moser Petersen, HCCTA Founder and Champion Reads creator, donated ten copies of Champion Citizen: George Taliaferro and a complete set of Champion Citizen books to The Project School/TPS in Bloomington, Indiana. The Project School is an elementary charter school created in 2009 with the support of George and Vi Taliaferro.|
Fletchall Recipient of Shockley Award
|The Helen Shockley Award recognizes the outstanding 16 or 18-and-under age division female player from the USTA/Midwest Section for the highest standards of tennis accomplishments, character, conduct, sportsmanship, appearance and amateurism.
Molly is the fifth Indiana recipient. She received her award this summer at the 2015 Special Olympics of Hamilton County/SOHC awards party. She co-founded SOHC in 2013. Molly played varsity tennis for four years on the Carmel High School girls tennis team from 2012 – 2015. She helped the team win three team state championships and her junior year, 2014, she and her partner captured the doubles state title. Molly is the daughter of Tim and Jill Fletchall.
Former Indiana Helen Shockley recipients:
Fletchall Honored During Connie Held Dinner
|Molly Fletchall was given the Stan Malless Award for Girls during the May 2015 Connie Held Spirit Dinner, benefiting Indianapolis Junior Tennis development. The event was held at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center.|
|Also during the Connie Held Spirit Dinner awards, Emma Stone and Molly Fletchall were given the Super Doubles Girls Award. Emma and Molly won the IHSAA girls doubles title in 2014 for Carmel High School girls tennis. They had an undefeated season.|
“George Taliaferro’s Amazing Life”
Indianapolis Star sports editor Gregg Doyel recently interviewed George Taliaferro about his “amazing life” as the first African-American to play football in the NFL and other amazing pinnacles in his life.
READ THE Indy Star ARTICLE!
Taliaferro Reunites with Friend on the “Today” Show
George Taliaferro, the first black man drafted into the NFL and the athlete for one of our Champion Citizen books, appeared on the “Today” show on January 30, 2015. To learn more about Champion Citizen: George Taliaferro, click elementaryreads.org
In the early 1940’s George played football at the all black Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana. He played against Carl Beisecker, a player on the all-white Horace Mann High School. Carl shook George’s hand and congratulated him on his outstanding play. George went to Indiana University and then was drafted. After the WWII he returned to IU to finish his degree. Carl Beisecker was now on the IU football team. George and Carl had not seen each other since 1951.
Carl suffered a stroke about a year ago and his one last wish was to see George. On January 24-27 George and his wife Viola flew to Phoenix and then drove to Carl’s home in Peoria, AZ. The reunion was sponsored by a nonprofit organization that grants Make-a-Wish to senior citizens. George said it was one of the most moving and exciting experiences of his life.
2015 Marian University A-Team
A multi-disciplinarian entrepreneurial program that partners Marian students with local companies and nonprofits work on real projects.
These six students are partnering with Hamilton County Community Tennis Association/HCCTA to create a marketing and development plan for the Champion Citizen books created by HCCTA through its Elementary Reads program. The books are biographies about athletes who have endured challenges and made the world better for others: Arthur Ashe, James Blake, Billie Jean King, Gale Sayers, George Taliaferro. 25,000 books have been given to children since 2011. Local high school students researched and wrote the original drafts.
Molly Fletchall and Grace Marchese are writing the new Jean Driscoll book – first athlete to win the Boston Marathon eight times, and each time in a wheel chair. Evan Parschall and Laura Moore are writing the Sam McNew book – a Hamilton County Special Olympics gold medalist.
|HCCTA instructors and volunteers were honored at the Central Indiana Tennis Association/CITA annual meeting and awards luncheon on November 15, 2014.
Molly Fletchall, HCCTA instructor and founder of the Special Olympics of Hamilton County tennis program, received the Barbara S. Wynne Award. The award is the highest honor CITA gives to junior girls. It is given for outstanding tennis achievement, sportsmanship, academic success and community service. Molly has played varsity tennis for Carmel High School for four years and helped the team achieve two consecutive team state championships (2013 and 2014). She and her tennis partner Emma Love are also the 2014 state girls doubles championship.
Sue Harris, an HCCTA board member for more than 20 years, and her family, were named the CITA Family of the Year. While a member of the HCCTA board Sue served as treasurer, awards luncheon chair, taught HCCTA Schools Tennis at Adams Elementary (Sheridan), and college scholarship chair. She and granddaughter Emily Winter wrote Champion Citizen: Arthur Ashe, one of the five biographies HCCTA published in 2011 for elementary students. Sue was also CITA League coordinator for five years. Her husband Kent Harris was always at Sue’s side assisting her with all her tennis activities. Her daughter Susan Winter is an active tennis player, taught tennis in Zionsville elementary schools, volunteered for the USTA Clay Court Championships and is on the USTA Midwest Adaptive Tennis Committee. Sue’s son-in-law, David Winter, is a competitive USTA League tennis player and has served on the CITA board since 1997.
Ryan Polito, HCCTA new president, was welcomed to the CITA annual meeting by Lisa Mortier, newly elected CITA secretary, and Linda Goad, newly elected CITA president.
Fletchall to Play at Ball State
|Molly Fletchall, HCCTA instructor and founder of HCCTA Special Olympics of Hamilton County tennis, signed a letter of intent to play tennis for Ball State University. Molly played varsity four years at Carmel High School and led the team to two consecutive state titles in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 she and partner Emma Love won the IHSAA state girls doubles title. Molly’s parents, Jill and Dr. Tim Fletchall, serve on the HCCTA board of directors.|