The Great River Tennis Association (GRTA) offers opportunities for tennis players to develop their skills and compete. This year, at their annual awards ceremony in Coralville, Iowa, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) presented both the GRTA and one of its members with awards.
The GRTA earned the Outstanding Junior Tennis Tournament award for its annual T. Beckley Junior Tennis Open. Held to give young players from Muscatine and the surrounding area a chance to compete, the tournament honors one of the GRTA’s biggest past contributors, Tom Beckley. Cindy Klebe, a GRTA member elaborated, “the family of Tom, upon his passing, chose to memorialize him by donating thousands of dollars to Muscatine area youth tennis programs through the GRTA, since the Muscatine tennis community was so important to him.”
A premier event for young players, the USTA named the T. Beckley Jr. Tennis Open its Outstanding Junior Tennis Tournament for 2019 for its excellent organization and outstanding treatment of players and their families. Upon receiving the award, the GRTA felt proud of their accomplishment. Klebe shared, “I feel this award is very deserving because this tournament is well organized and completely run by volunteers in our community. . .. GRTA is a non-profit organization, so we depend on our local human resources and generosity of local businesses to ensure we can continue to provide tennis playing opportunities.”
Additionally, GRTA member Jim Sichterman earned an Outstanding Contributor to the USTA League Tennis Program award. Sichterman captained five teams, played on seven, and worked hard to recruit players at every level, exemplifying the USTA’s ideals of promoting tennis and volunteering to help others play.
Klebe found this award fitting. “He sets the bar high and we all should strive to meet it when it comes to this sport!”