2016 HCCTA News
Tennis and Pickleball Round Robin
Save the date! HCCTA is having its second annual fundraiser at Carmel Racquet Club to help raise money for our Special Olympics tennis program. So, grab a tennis or pickleball partner and join the fun.
WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016
TIME: From 3 pm – 6 pm
COST: $50 per team (Price goes up to $60 per team after September 8, 2016!)
PARTICIPANTS: Juniors Grade 6 – Adults can participate.
LOCATION: Carmel Racquet Club
Fabulous prizes await!
HCCTA Helps Ghana Athlete
Raphael, the first Ghanaian male athlete to represent his country in the 2004 Athens Paralympics, is now an international marathon competitor and the originator of Go Get Dem Racing Club, a track club for Ghanaian wheelchair athletes. This spring Raphael needed a new racing wheels (cost $2,500), and HCCTA helped make that happen.
Jean Driscoll, the first athlete in history to win the Boston Marathon eight times, and every time in a wheel chair, was the guest starter for the April 16 Carmel Marathon. HCCTA wrote a Champion Citizen book about Driscoll in 2015. HCCTA and Carmel Marathon partnered to have Driscoll do two school assemblies and a fund raiser while she was here for the Carmel Marathon. When Carmel Marathon presented Driscoll her $2,000 appearance check, she immediately said, “This is going to support Raphael.”
With a major donation from Indiana Spine Group and other donors, Raphael had his new wheels, including shipping. His old ones were cracked and failing. Driscoll also let it slip after the fund raiser that 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the first time women ran in the Boston Marathon. They had asked her to come for the celebration April 16, but she had already committed to the Carmel Marathon. Driscoll may have had the strongest arms in the US, but her generous heart and keeping one’s word are unparalleled.
Dick Topping Re-Grips Racquets for HCCTA
Carmel Racquet Club member Dick Topping donated his time and skills to help HCCTA by re-gripping youth tennis racquets for our junior programs. HCCTA annually serves more than 5,000 youngsters and adults. National Junior Tennis and Learning/NJTL of Indianapolis annually serves more than a 1,000 youngsters in Marion County.
Thank you HCCTA volunteer Dick Topping for donating your time and skills!
CRC Women Help Illinois School Kids
There were 880 third graders and teachers from Champaign, Illinois, public schools (Unit 4), who received copies of the book Champion Citizen: Jean Driscoll thanks to the combined efforts of Carmel Racquet Club women members. November 30, 2015, was declared Jean Driscoll Day for Unit 4.
Jean Driscoll is the first athlete to win the Boston Marathon eight times and each time in a wheel chair. Her book is part of the Champion Citizen books created by Hamilton County Community Tennis Association (HCCTA). More than 26,000 of these books have been used by teachers, students, coaches, parents and literacy groups all over the country.
|(l-r): Lynn Trott, Lisa Mortier, and Pam Cousins sorted the books into 40 classrooms so each teacher could pick up their class’s books after the Jean Driscoll assembly. Yvette Van der Wiel assisted with the sorting and sent our the volunteer request.|
|(l-r) Grace Marchese, Jean Driscoll and Molly Fletchall. Molly and Grace are the student authors who did the original research and first draft of Champion Citizen: Jean Driscoll.|
|(l-r) Dawn Knight, Jean Driscoll, and Helen Petersen at the Jean Driscoll Day in Champaign, Illinois. Dawn is an English teacher at Westfield High School and was the supervising teacher for Champion Citizen: Sam McNew. Student authors for this book were Carmel Racquet Club members Evan Parshall and Laura Moore. Helen Petersen is the creator of the Champion Citizen books.|