2015 HCCTA News
|Fletchall Presented Shockley Award|
|Fletchall Honored at Connie Held||“Taliaferro’s Amazing Life”||Taliaferro on the “Today” Show|
|Marian University A-Team||Fletchall Going to Ball State||CITA Award Winners|
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 will receive her award this summer at a Special Olympics of Hamilton County/SOHC tennis session. She co-founded SOHC in 2013. Molly played varsity tennis for four years on the Carmel High School girls tennis team. She helped the team win three team state championships and her junior year 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.|