2016 HCCTA News


News Index
-Helen Petersen Reads Champion Citizen Book to Students
-Round Robin Fundraiser
-Thank You Hawthorns Tennis Players!-HCCTA Fundraiser and Round Robin
-Pizza Eating Fundraiser on GiveBack Monday
-HCCTA Helps Ghana Athlete
-Topping Strings Racquets for HCCTA
-CRC Women Help School Kids

Helen Reads Champion Citizen Book to Students

Helen Moser Petersen read Champion Citizen: Jean Driscoll to some of the students in the after school program at Indianapolis Public School #54 to kick-off the year-long Champion Reads program at the Boner Fitness and Learning Center which serves IPS #14, #15, #54. Jean is one of the athletes featured in the seven Champion Citizen books created by HCCTA. She was in Indianapolis to inaugurate the first wheelchair division of the Indy Women’s Half Marathon. She was the first athlete to win the Boston Marathon eight times and every time in a wheelchair. She is also in the US Olympic Hall of Fame. Helen is founder of Hamilton County Community Tennis Association and creator of the Champion Citizen books.
Helen Petersen with kids


HCCTA Fundraiser, September 17

What: 2nd Annual HCCTA Special Olympics Fundraiser
(Includes food, cash bar, music, and lots of fun prizes!)
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Location Carmel Racquet Club
Time: 3-7 pm
Event Fee for Spectators: $10/adult, $5/child.

The event benefits Hamilton County Community Tennis Association® and will showcase its Special Olympics tennis program. Special Olympic athletes and the Carmel Racquet Club juniors serving as coaches and buddy volunteers will also be recognized.

Schedule of Events:

3-5 pm – Tennis round robin ($25 per player and a partner is required) – Registration is Now Full!
If someone drops out of the round robin tournament, we will contact people on our wait list to play.
Sign-Up on Wait List

5-5:30 pm – Special Olympics tennis exhibition
5:30-6 pm – Silent auction/door prizes/raffle                       
6-7 pm – CRC pro exhibition

Some of the Prizes Include…

  • Andy Murray autographed ball
  • Andrew Luck autographed ball
  • Yeti cooler ($400)
  • Klipsch headphones ($100)
  • Indians tickets
  • Pacers tickets
  • Vera Bradley products

Come support the players, Special Olympics athletes, and watch Carmel Racquet Club pros battle it out on the court!
The Committee
Supreme party planners are Kerry Detamore and Stacey Harmon are co-chairs with the assistance of Helen Petersen and these committee chairs:

Tennis round robin   Jen Clouse, Bren Inman
Pickleball round robin   Michelle Burns/Carl Mower
Cookout grill   Dan Downing
Raffle prizes   Maureen Nielsen

To get involved contact Helen Petersen (317/691-6591).

Thank You Hawthorns Tennis Players!

HCCTA asked Hawthorns tennis players for their used tennis balls. In six weeks we collected three huge storage tubs—enough to put on the bottom of all student desks at IPS #65. That’s about 2,000 balls!

Desks and Chairs at IPS #65 Raymond Brandes School

Desks and Chairs at IPS #65 Raymond Brandes School

Joanna Brown, IPS #65 Raymond Brandes School, is all smiles because of used tennis balls.

Joanna Brown, IPS #65 Raymond Brandes School, is all smiles because of used tennis balls.


HCCTA Pizza Eating Fundraiser

Please help HCCTA raise money to continue our mission: Teach players a lifetime love of physical fitness, the value of good sportsmanship and the importance of giving something back to the community through tennis programs, tennis lessons and educational programs.

Eat pizza or your favorite Italian food at Rockstone Pizzeria and Pub in Fishers, Indiana during GiveBack Monday, August 15, 2016.

To participate, you and your family can dine-in, carry-out or enjoy delivery. Just tell them during your order that you’re supporting HCCTA, and 30% of the total sales from HCCTA guests that day will be given to us as a donation.

Download this flyer for more details…

HCCTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 1990.

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.

raphael racing in chair raphael inspects his new racer raphael with 2 kids in wheelchairs


Fall Creek Valley Middle School  picture

At Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Creekside Middle School photo

At Creekside Middle School


dick topping holding racquets

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.

CRC women sort books (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.
book authors with Jean (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.
at Jean Driscoll day (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.



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