Highlights of Alpine Regional Tennis Association (ARTA) Successes
* ARTA worked diligently and collaboratively with Otsego County Sportsplex Exec. Director and Board, city and county leaders, Parks and Recreation committees, on efforts to successfully build a 4 court USTA standard complex at the Sportsplex. The ribbon cutting ceremony is May 24, 2018.
* ARTA raised over $300,000 through fundraising, grants and personal donations including a $175,700 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
* ARTA successfully advocated the City and County for improvements of the dangerous and deteriorating tennis courts at Aspen Park and Community Center, both areas which now have been renovated.
* ARTA board members attended "board member enhancement" training emphasizing ethics, proper board member conduct and good business practices.
* ARTA recently also achieved National Junior Tennis and Learning designation, one of only a few Michigan Community Tennis Associations with this designation.
* ARTA received Gaylord Kiwanis financial support 5 years in a row to lower the cost for Midwest Youth Team Tennis (MYTT) programs for area kids in grades 1-6. Thus far, we have worked with nearly 200 youngsters in MYTT.
* ARTA, for the first time, is offering full scholarships to MYTT for families otherwise unable to afford entry.
* ARTA has recruited its first Net Generation community partner and currently working with another school
* By invitation from Johannesburg’s physical education instructor in for the last few years, ARTA volunteers offered tennis skill training and fun sessions for over 80 7th grade students. This represents the beginning of Junior Team Tennis in Otsego County.
* ARTA assisted and helped promote tennis programs by ARTA board member and USPTR, Dave Johnson, such as cardio tennis; Start/Restart; group and individual tennis lessons for youth and adults; tennis clinics; Sets in the City events; and end-of-summer tournaments with proceeds supporting the ARTA tennis court project.
* ARTA board member Dave Johnson was awarded the 2015 Phyllis Laurilla Award for outstanding contribution to youth tennis.
* ARTA was selected by USTA/Midwest for Michigan’s first 2015 State Community Tennis Association (CTA) Award.
* ARTA was selected by USTA/Midwest as the Midwest 2016 CTA of the Year Award
* ARTA board President, Laura Hansmann, was selected as the 2016 Northern Michigan Tennis Association Volunteer of the Year.
* ARTA board Vice President Sheila Simpson was selected as the 2017 Northern Michigan Tennis Association Volunteer of the Year.
* Laura Hansmann and ARTA received the 2018 “You Made It Happen” award from the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.
* ARTA was awarded $500 annual grants from NMTA and USTA for youth equipment and lessons.
* ARTA initiated two Focus Groups, with invitations to area leaders and organization/agency representatives to gain input on recreational needs assessments for populations of varying abilities.
* ARTA members and youth participated in the annual Gaylord Alpen fest Parade and will hold Tennis Fun at the new Tennis Center during Alpenfest 2018.
* ARTA USTA members, representing Gaylord, participated in area tournaments.
* In spring 2017, ARTA hosted a “Gaylord Open” with competitive teams from business and other organizations playing games indoors with youth size equipment to demonstrate the fun of tennis and raise funds for the new Tennis Center needs.
* ARTA continues to work with local schools in creating enthusiasm for tennis and building a future of school tennis teams. Gaylord high school tennis team was abandoned in the 1980s….and was a boys team only at that time.
* 23 ARTA volunteers donated 6 days and 314 hours, totaling $7,821. 67 in-kind donations for the pre-construction phase of the tennis courts. This included transplanting bushes, removing a walkway, and removing large pine trees.
* ARTA plans to host a Ribbon Cutting ceremony celebration for the new Tennis Center and dedication of the Dr. Michael J. Moir Memorial Court on May 24, 2018. The community is invited to this celebration, beginning at 5 pm. Bring your tennis shoes for family fun on the courts. Equipment will be provided and the Otsego Grand Event Center will provide picnic fare for all!
In September 2012, the Alpine Regional Tennis Association (ARTA) was formed to grow and promote tennis in Gaylord and surrounding areas. It is a 501(c)3 organization..
As a US Tennis Association (USTA) community tennis association, ARTA provides training and resources for the sport of tennis as a safe, low cost, healthy outlet for people of all ages.