Foundation Supports Tennis

Tennis NWT and the Yellowknife Tennis Club are thrilled with the arrival of a new tennis ball machine to help progress the development of tennis in Yellowknife. This is the latest in ball machine equipment used to develop many different aspects of the game (continued below).

“It is great to have equipment of this standard to help us deliver strong development programs for all levels of tennis in Yellowknife. Its arrival is perfect timing as we provide for the first time a full winter/spring tennis program for juniors and adults in the Fieldhouse. Thanks especially to the Yellowknife Community Foundation for its support in acquiring the ball machine and the City of Yellowknife in its support of our winter/spring programs,” said Tennis NWT President Jon Brennan.

The ball machine will enable the development of tennis to progress further than it has in the past for both beginners and advanced players. It will assist in the coaching of tennis undertaken by the Yellowknife tennis club along with individual development with its use by the members of the tennis club. The ball machine will be used in the indoor facilities during the winter/spring tennis season and the outdoor courts during the summer programs.

“The Yellowknife Community Foundation is extremely pleased to partner with Tennis NWT in acquiring the tennis ball machine as we, like the Tennis NWT, value enhancing the quality of life of those living in the North through active participation in sports,” said Yellowknife Community Foundation President Charles Dent.

Club professional of the Yellowknife Tennis Club Justin Lalonde used the machine for the first time at his winter clinics held in the Fieldhouse. “It is great to see the club providing equipment of this high standard to assist in developing the level of tennis in Yellowknife, it will definitely assist in increasing the standard of tennis in Yellowknife,” Justin who is also a Board member of Tennis NWT said.

“We greatly appreciate the support of the Yellowknife Community Foundation not only for Tennis but all it does in supporting Yellowknife as a community,” said Jon Brennan. “Without this support Tennis NWT would not be able to run the programs that enable the clubs of the Northwest Territories to develop tennis in their communities, and for the citizens of those communities to have a sport they can play as a family for life,” he added.

Justin Lalonde, Club Professional Yellowknife Tennis Club, trying out the new ball machine

Tennis NWT is the association coordinating the development and participation of tennis throughout the Northwest Territories. Tennis NWT is committed to the advancement of tennis in the Northwest Territories by stimulating participation and excellence in the sport at the local, territorial, provincial and national levels. Tennis NWT is dedicated to providing encouragement, support, leadership and opportunity to northern tennis enthusiasts. For more information contact Julie Coad, Executive Director, Tennis NWT on (867) 444-8330 or visit www.tennisnwt.com.

In existence since 1993, the Yellowknife Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization in Yellowknife. A registered charity, the Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide residents (and former residents) with a means of supporting projects in our community for the enduring future. The Foundation is not singularly dedicated to any specific area of support. It embodies a simple concept – that people working together can make a difference. Donations are placed in a capital fund. The money, invested over time, will grow and will continue to have an impact long after the original gift is made. Donations to the Foundation are eligible deductions for income tax purposes. For more information contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation President Charles Dent at (867) 445-3368.

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