YMCA and Marshfield Tennis Recognized by VA



February 21, 2019

Bob Carroll, Senior Tennis Professional, Marshfield Tennis Club and Emilson South Shore YMCA:
75 Mill Street
Hanover , Ma. 02339

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, your organization for offering the veterans from the VA Boston Healthcare Systems the opportunity to participate in the adaptive wheelchair tennis lessons each month. This is the 3rd year of what I think we all agree is a successful and gratifying program between Marshfield Tennis Club and YMCA. We would like to acknowledge Bob Carroll, the Senior Tennis Professional who allows us the use of the YMCA indoor courts and equipment in the winter months at no charge.

The dedication, spirit, and enthusiasm that the tennis volunteers have shown to our vets have opened the doors and hearts of the participants that were involved. They have had nothing but positive things to say about the program and can’t wait for the next month’s session to get back out on the courts! Veterans involved were from a variety of treatment groups such as the Mental Health and Recovery, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and Long Term Care services at the VA.

This is a wonderful, therapeutic program for veterans that are exploring recreation and sports as a healing, empowering resource and will give them the confidence to try other activities. The learning, social interaction and camaraderie obtained through the wheelchair tennis program will provide long lasting value and improved self-esteem.

We thank you from our hearts, minds and souls-

Sincerely,

Felicia Hall

Recreation Therapist

VA Boston Healthcare System
940 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Office: 774.826.1083
VA Cell: 774.257.0151

Posted on February 27, 2019 .

What's planned for 2019?

  • Tentative – Reopen tennis and volleyball courts April 6th
    Beginning on April 7th (weather permitting) – Sunday AM Walk On Tennis resumes from
    7:00 AM on as well as Wednesday Walk On Tennis from 5:30 PM on

  • FAST 4 Tennis (30 min lesson followed by 1 hr of match play) happens on Tuesdays beginning May 14th. Cost is $60/person for 4 weeks. Subsequent 4 week sessions will be scheduled according to participant interest.

  • The 3rd Thursday of each month 1:00-2:30PM Wounded Warriors from the Brockton VA Campus on courts April through October.

  • Beginning on May 7th Tuesdays 5:30- 7:00PM - 4 week segments “Fast 4 Tennis” - (see website for details)

  • In May – NET Generation Wheelchair Tennis/10 and under instruction/ clinics/workshops/ Team challenges begin – Marshfield Tennis Club (MTC) has been chosen by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to promote NET Generation throughout the community. MTC, USTA CTA will accomplish this by working with partners (Marshfield Recreation, Marshfield School District, Boys and Girls Club, South Shore YMCA). MTC has 9 certified tennis professionals, several who have experience working with non-able bodies players and 2 of which are Special Olympics certified instructors. MTC recently received a grant from USTA National which includes a junior sport wheelchair to add to the 2 sport wheelchairs already in use by the club. We will encourage parents and grandparents to get out on the courts with our 10 and under, wheelchair and adaptive tennis efforts. All adaptive/wheelchair programs are provided free to participants.

  • Tentative dates are:

    • o Saturday May 4th – USTA Net Generation Open House. Family Fun Day – Kids, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandparents all together on the courts to experience the “life sport of tennis”o Saturday May 11th – Annual MTC Fundraiser Tournament
      o Saturday May 18th – Wheelchair/Adaptive Net Generation Expo
      Beginning on Friday May 10th through September – Masters Tennis 9:00AM – 10:30AM FREE
      Once end of school year is verified our extremely popular University of Tennisology will
      commence. Tentative start date – June 23 (see website for details)
      Scholarships available – University of Tennisology (typically for 6 weeks)
      Late June MTC men will participate in the 8-week USTA League Play, which matches
      up against local tennis club on South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts

Posted on January 16, 2019 .

Wounded Warriors @ Peter Igo Park October 2018

Marshfield Tennis Club hosted the Wounded Warriors from the Brockton VA Campus for lunch and some tennis at Peter Igo Park. Bud “Smokin’ Duke” Duksta and friends served up salad, lobster sliders and steak tips to these brave patriots. It was a pretty chilly day at the Park, but some still joined MTC volunteers on the courts.

Posted on October 25, 2018 .

MTC Is Proud Of Its Instructors

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In its 15th year as a USTA Community Tennis Association serving the community, MTC is proud of its instructors teaching as part of the USTA’s Net Generation program.

Ms. Kerry Magoon, Ms. Anna Proctor, Ms. Maddie Wileles and Ms. Molly Friday are all Professional Tennis Registry certified instructors. They completed another very successful summer of teaching young kids basic tennis skills at the “University of Tennisology at Peter Igo Park. Most of the kids taking lessons were between 4 - 9 years of age - perfect formative ages to learn the “Life Sport of Tennis.”

We are very proud of our certified instructors and wish them all well in the off season: Kerry returns to UMASS Dartmouth, Anna to UMASS Amherst, Maddie onto her freshman year at Boston College and Molly back to Notre Dame Academy.

Job well done team!

Posted on September 18, 2018 .

Tennis Camps

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Nike Junior Tennis Camps and adidas Tennis Camps are sponsors of USTA New England. Both camps are expressly designed so that young players can immerse themselves in the sport of tennis. The goal is to enhance players skills and enjoyment of the game in an energetic and positive learning environment. The coaches work hard to address each campers' needs. Campers increase their self-confidence, gain self-reliance skills and make friends that can last a lifetime.

Camps are week-long and either day or overnight and vary from June to August – check the websites for specific dates. Recipients can choose from the Fairfield, CT, Amherst, MA and Williamstown, MA camp locations for Nike Junior Tennis Camps and Fairfield, CT or Brunswick, ME for the adidas Tennis Camp.

For more information including dates, check out the Nike Junior Tennis Camp website at http://www.ussportscamps.com/tennis/nike/junior-overnight/ and the adidas Tennis Camps website at http://tenniscamper.com/tennis-camp/bowdoin-college-tennis-camps/.

Considerations for this scholarship: 

  • Applicant must be in the required age range (DOB between 8/15/04 and 5/31/07) to qualify for this scholarship
  • Financial need of the family and child
  • Explanation of why this child would enjoy this camp
  • Amount of participation in tennis

 

The deadline to complete this form is April 17, 2018. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2018.

Posted on April 7, 2018 .

Department of Veterans Affairs Recognizes MTC for Wheelchair Tennis Program

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized the Marshfield Tennis Club along with the Emilson YMCA, Marshfield DAV, & the Wounded Warrior's Project for their involvement in the Wheelchair tennis program. 

The Marshfield Tennis Club has been working closely with the Wounded Warriors Project to assist veterans the opportunity to participate in a monthly adaptive wheelchair tennis program. 

Click here to read the letter in it's entirety. 

Posted on April 1, 2018 .

Laura's Love Tennis Tournament

Saturday, April 28th, 4:00PM at the Emilson Branch YMCA in Hanover. 

The Laura’s Love Event is growing! In addition to funding the Lob-Stars tennis group for tournament participation, necessary instructors and equipment, the 8th Annual Laura’s Love tennis tournament, raffles and fundraising will expand to support additional adaptive programs at the YMCA such as: aquatics, arts-based programming at Laura’s Center for the Arts, golf, wheelchair tennis and basketball.

This tournament is in memory of Laura Emilson-Reikert. Proceeds from this event benefit the Emilson YMCA's Adaptive programs. For more information on this tournament, please contact Maureen Ahl (mahl@ssymca.org).

In addition to the tennis tournament, there will be a social starting at 6:30pm at the Laura's Center for the Arts. 

Click here to signup or become a sponsor

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Posted on February 3, 2018 .

MHS Appoints New Girls Tennis Coach

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Marshfield High School has appointed Melissa Whitmas as the new girls tennis coach for the 2018 spring season. She replaces Coach "K" Shane Kelly, who is attending school in North Carolina. 

The Marshfield tennis club would like to congratulate Melissa and wish her the best of luck in the upcoming season.

Go Rams!

Posted on January 29, 2018 .

NetGeneration Tennis

Schools across the country are taking advantage of the USTA (United States Tennis Association) rollout of NetGeneration tennis. 

Hopefully coming to your school with the help of the Marshfield Tennis Club and the USTA. Your community tennis association.

Click the link below to watch the video

Posted on January 28, 2018 .

MTC Annual Tennis Tournament

The Marshfield Tennis Club sponsored their annual tennis tournament in May, 2017. All proceeds from the tournament go towards the renovation of Peter Igo Park. Players from Marshfield and surrounding towns participated in the tournament for a morning of tennis followed by a cookout at the newly renovated Harbor Park located across the street from Peter Igo Park.

Click here to view pictures from the 2017 MTC Tennis Tournament.

Posted on May 14, 2017 .

Bud Duksta Named Marshfield's Citizen of the Year

Bud Duksta, President of the Marshfield Tennis Club and Friends of Peter Igo Park, was recently named the 2016 Marshfield's Citizen of the Year for his work with the renovation of Peter Igo Park. Bud does not take credit for the park's success. In his words, "I just drove the bus" "...but the bus driver isn't the only one getting these things done". 

Bud was chosen by a committee including the President of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce and 5 other previous winners. 

Click here to view the read the entire article in the Marshfield Mariner

 

Posted on April 30, 2017 .

MTC & FOPIP Recognized for Wheelchair Tennis Program

   

   

The Marshfield Tennis Club and Friends of Peter Igo Park were recently recognized by the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare Systems Recreation Therapy department for offering a very successful adaptive wheelchair tennis program for disabled veterans to reach their rehabilitation treatment goals. Veterans involved in the program had a variety of treatment focuses including: inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, new amputations, Alzheimer's/dementia, post stroke care, mental health/substance abuse and PTSD diagnoses.

Click here to read the entire letter.

 

Posted on March 5, 2017 .

Laura's Love Memorial Event

The Laura's Love Memorial Event raises funds that directly benefit the Emilson YMCA's Adaptive Programs. This tournament is ain memory of Laura Emilson-Riekert, whose passion for the Y's kids and adaptive programs was always evident.

Please join hosts Lucy Dickman, Bob Carroll, and Karen Emilson-McArdle:

  • 4:00pm - Mixed Doubles Tournament
  • 5:30pm - United Tournament
  • 6:30pm - Reception at Laura's Center for the Arts: Food, drinks, awards, and more!

The cost is $75.00 per player. RSVP: Maureen Ahl (mahl@ssymca.org) or 781-829-8585 ext/ 8263

If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation online at ssymca.org/donations.

Thank You!

Posted on March 5, 2017 .

Mixed Double Tournament at Emilson YMCA

It's Tennis Championship Season

Mixed Doubles

  • When: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
  • Format: 2 Levels: Up to 8.0 combined/8.5-plus
  • Cost: $22 per Player
  • Registration deadline: March 4th

Prizes for Winners in both categories

Food and beverages provided

Sign up with a partner or the YMCA will find one for you

Register through the Tennis Department at the Emilson YMCA Tennis Department

 

Posted on February 26, 2017 .

Green Harbor River Rowing Club

Coming in May, 2017...

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Green Harbor River Rowing Club

Sponsored by the Marshfield Recreation department, learn how to row / Scull rowing program on the historic Green Harbor River. For more information, please send Email to recreation@townofmarshfield.org.

Posted on February 4, 2017 .

MTC Sponsors Marshfield Middle School Tennis Program

The Marshfield Tennis Club along with MHS Girl's Varsity Coach, Shane Kelly, sponsored a tennis program for boys and girls at Furnace Brook Middle School. The program was a tremendous success! In addition to volunteers from MTC members, several students from the girl's varsity tennis team volunteered their time to assist with this program. 

On the last day of the program, all participants received a Marshfield Tennis T-shirt. All proceeds from this program was donated to the MHS girl's tennis team. 

Posted on October 30, 2016 .

Tennis Ball Recycliing

 

The Marshfield Tennis Club is proud to be at the forefront of the movement to recycle used tennis balls. MTC is one of the first 100 communities in the United States to provide this sustainability service. In the coming years, it will probably seem strange to come off a tennis court in the U.S. and not have one of these AD-IN bins to discard unwanted tennis balls.

An AD-IN tennis ball recycling bin has been installed at the Peter Igo tennis courts. 

Most tennis balls end up in landfills, but the new hardcourts at CourtSense at Tenafly Racquet Club feature courts cushioned from thousands of recycled tennis balls.

Click here to read the entire New York Times article.

Posted on October 3, 2016 .

Free Tennis at the Emilson YMCA

What are you doing Sunday September 11th from 1:30 - 3:30?  Join Bob Carroll and the tennis pros at the Emilson YMCA in Hanover for some exercise and fun!

Whether you're already a tennis player or would like to learn the sport there'll be activities for you.  Just bring your sneakers and a smile, equipment and refreshments will be provided!

The event is open to YMCA members and non-members.

Click here to send an email to Bob Carroll, Senior Director of Tennis at the YMCA to register.

(P.S. Sign up for a Fall clinic at the event and receive a 20% discount!)

Posted on August 29, 2016 .

TENNIS - Adding Years to your Life, and Life to your Years

There are many opportunities for people of all ages to get into tennis and continue to play this sport. But are we doing a good enough job giving consumers reasons to play?

Tennis is one of the only sports you can play all your life, from the youngest ages to the oldest. As tennis providers, we all know the sport has healthy benefits that will keep your body fit and your mind sharp.

But how do we get that message across to regular consumers, who don’t (yet) wake up every day thinking about this sport? We need to give people reasons to play tennis that are simple and direct, that everyone can get behind. We need to tell people tennis is great for whatever ails you, and if nothing is ailing you right now, tennis will keep it that way. We need to tell people that tennis gives you all the benefits of working out in a gym, but it’s much more fun, exciting and social.

Tennis can be the answer to virtually any type of issue. Want to lose weight? Want to get in better shape and tone muscles? Want to keep your mind sharp and reduce stress? Want to make more friends and expand your social network? Think tennis.

The bottom line: Tennis not only is the sport for a lifetime, but it’s the sport for a longer, healthier and more complete lifetime.

Read the full report published by Tennis Industry Association

Posted on August 19, 2016 .