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State Farm Tennis Jamboree Turns 5

Posted by Chad Larson on June 9, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Becky Moore State Farm Junior Tennis Jamboree had a birthday. On May 31, 2012, the annual event celebrated its fifth birthday. Thanks to Becky Moore and her family for her continued financial support for this annual event. Without question, you are making a difference in the lives of our Mitchell tennis boys and girls, and the Mitchell Tennis Association can't thank you enough.

USTA's Dummermuth Energizes Junior Tennis

Posted by Chad Larson on June 9, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Chris Dummermuth, a South Dakota tennis service representative for the United States Tennis Association, has energized juniors and tennis communities statewide by teaching USTA's "10 and Under Tennis" initiative. On May 30, 2012, Dummermuth traveled to Mitchell to host a "10 and Under Tennis" workshop for 23 participants. Here is my "thank you" note to those who attended.

 

I owe everyone a huge thank you for attending the “10 and Under Tennis” workshop yesterday. I appreciate your support and dedication to tennis and “our” kids. Seeing kids “light up,” smile and improve is what it’s all about for me. It’s about making a difference. And honestly, I get choked up when I see my tennis friends embrace the same passion and vision as I have in our juniors. Once again, thanks to Chris Dummermuth for a terrific session. We learned a ton! Our junior instructors now have a better idea of how to teach our youngest. We’re already trying to figure out how we can introduce the game to even more kids in Mitchell. Also thanks to our out-of-town guests for making the trip to join our Mitchell clan – Mike Knigge (Huron), Betsy Hughes (Vermillion) and Robb Graham (Madison). It’s nice to connect like this. You’re always welcome to join us. And kids, thanks for spending your summer night with us adults. I just love your enthusiasm and excitement for tennis. I appreciate all you do to help. Anyway, I wish you all a great summer of tennis. Thanks again for sharing your time, expertise and love for tennis with me. It truly was a great day. See you on the courts. Chad

 

For more information about "10 and Under Tennis" in Mitchell, read the Daily Republic story written by Claire Meador on our home page.

Let There Be Light!

Posted by Chad Larson on May 27, 2011 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday, May 27, the Mitchell Tennis Association invited community members to join in the Dedication and Lighting Ceremony of the new and improved Hitchcock Park Tennis Court lights. The Nordby Family Foundation (Earl Nordby, Dan & Diane DesLauriers) and the City of Mitchell each contributed half of the funds required for this improvement. In the end, Mitchell's tennis court lights are brighter than ever, thanks to the generous financial contributions of these donors. Now, players of all ages can enjoy the game of tennis even more when the sun goes down. Thanks again for your generous support. It's truly a blessing!

Meet Josiah Viera

Posted by Chad Larson on November 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM Comments comments (2)

Who is Josiah Viera? He is name you won't forget anytime soon. Watch his inspiring story on ESPN's E:60. If this link doesn't work, search "Josiah Viera" on Google and start watching and reading.

Thanks to Moore Family

Posted by Chad Larson on June 7, 2010 at 10:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks again to Craig & Becky Moore and State Farm Insurance for sponsoring the 2010 Becky Moore State Farm Junior Tennis Jamboree for the third straight summer. We've consistently had 35-40 Mitchell juniors play in this event. Your dedication and financial support has been amazing! Your contribution allows the Mitchell Tennis Association to purchase tennis T-shirts for the kids and covers the cost of the medals. Any additional money that's raised from this tournament goes back to the kids in scholarships so that they can attend Tennis & Life Camps at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The Moore family also provided fruit and bars for the kids to eat througout the day.

 

In addition, thanks to S&M Printing and Melissa Crago for printing the draws/brackets for the tourney (and for bringing those yummy bars to eat).

 

Also, thanks to Craig Wells for donating door prizes for the event. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) donated door prizes as well.

 

Overall our Mitchell junior players had a blast and gained lots of tournament experience. What a fun day for everyone!

 

For a recap, visit HERE.

To view a photo gallery, visit HERE. (Photos by Ross Determan)

Meet Butch Lumpkin

Posted by Chad Larson on March 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you need some inspiration in your life? Well, take a few minutes to watch a video about Butch Lumpkin, a golfer and tennis player. It's definitely worth watching.

 

http://www.thegolfchannel.com/golf-videos/meet-butch-lumpkin-9477/?ref=26000

 

Thanks to Puetz Family

Posted by Chad Larson on February 8, 2010 at 5:11 PM Comments comments (0)

The Mitchell tennis community owes Wayne & Mary Puetz (and their family) a special thanks for opening up the Puetz Indoor Tennis Court to juniors and adults in January and February for tournaments. Twelve 6-9 grade juniors signed up to play singles and doubles, while eight adult doubles teams battled for a championship. Without the generosity of the Puetz family, our kids wouldn't keep improving, and our adults wouldn't have opportunities to play during the long, long winters. The Mitchell tennis community is fortunate to have such fine ambassadors of tennis. Thanks for supporting our tennis efforts!

A New Year

Posted by Chad Larson on December 18, 2009 at 5:38 PM Comments comments (0)

TO: MHS Tennis Players

Another year is upon us. As the new year approaches, turn on your computer and type in some goals for the 2010 tennis season. After you have set your goals, figure out what you need to do to obtain those goals. Be specific. Often times, the player who sets goals and works hard to obtain these goals is the one who is successful. Have a plan and stick to it.

 

TO: Mitchell Tennis League Players

You can also set goals for upcoming year. I encourage everyone to play more than just once a week (at league). Call each other and set up matches during the week. And for those who enjoy the season-ending league tournament, I invite you to register for a USTA tournament in a nearby South Dakota city. Click on the "Links" on this Web site to view the USTA Web site.

Welcome

Posted by Chad Larson on October 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

For my first Web site attempt, this one for the Mitchell Tennis Association didn't turn out so bad. I hope that you enjoy your stay, and that you'll visit our site often for updates. I encourage you to add your name to the Members list and connect with your fellow local tennis players. Also, add www.mitchelltennis.webs.com to your "favorites," so that you remember to visit us again. With the winter months fast approaching, I'll continue to tweak pages on this site and write more blogs. If you have suggestions for this site, send me your ideas.


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