'Rackets Up!’ event ready to kick off tennis’ new year

The clock may be ticking toward the drop of the big lighted ball in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s eve.

But as the glistening sphere awaits its downward slide, it means that the third annual “Rackets Up!” tennis event is getting closer and closer in downtown Naples.

The charity event will be held Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Art Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park. The format will be a doubles scramble.

Contests, prizes, refreshments and an opportunity to play with the pros should make this an interesting and fun event.

The $35 entry fee includes refreshments, an event shirt, sport drinks, box lunch, and free items.

To play, contact Kevin Walker 213-3060. The maximum is 48 players. The sign-in that day will be at 10 a.m., with play to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Box lunches will be provided by Jason’s Deli.

The public is invited to observe events and to participate at the silent auction tables. Great items will be offered from generous local businesses and individuals.

Proceeds from this event benefit The Salvation Army Child Care Center that provides quality, affordable childcare for 80 children.

The Salvation Army subsidizes the high costs of child-care to assist working parents to achieve or maintain economic stability.

Funds are urgently needed for this program.

Help make it a happy new year, indeed, for the youngsters who need help.

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Organizers of the Col-Lee JustTennis League are gearing up for the 2007 winter season. The 16th year of the action is to begin the second week of January.

The Col-Lee League’s mission is to offer team tennis opportunities to a wide variety of seniors of all levels for the purpose of mixing and playing against players from other clubs, having fun and not being overly competitive.

The divisions - all doubles - for 2007 are: men and women divisions age 50-plus, 60-plus, 70-plus and 75/80.

For more information call Gloria Hennings at 597-7762 or Bill Weng at 598-4428.

Here is one final look back at the 2006 Fall League winners:

- 50-plus women, Spanish Wells

- 50-plus men - Village Walk

- 60-plus women 3.0 - Naples Tennis Club

- 60-plus men 3.0 - Tarpon Cove

- 60-plus men 3.5 - Village Walk Green

- 70-plus men -Naples Tennis Club

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The Community Tennis Association (CTA) Winter 2007 Adult Day League is a Collier County interclub league with men’s and women’s doubles play at all levels. Team registration is now in progress and continues through Jan. 3, with play Jan. 15 through March 30.

For more information, check out the Web site at www.colliertennis.com or contact Vivian Welsh, CTA League coordinator at 571-6935 or welsh@naples.net.

Likewise, the USPTA Bonita Winter 2007 Adult Day League also is now registering teams through Jan. 3. This interclub league encourages clubs from the North Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and San Carlos areas to participate. Men’s and women’s doubles play at all levels is from Jan. 15 through March 30. Welsh can also be contacted about this league as previously mentioned.

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A new 50-plus tennis league will begin play in January.

Players over age 50 are invited to join mixed doubles teams at public parks in Lee County.

Teams are being formed at Hancock Park in North Fort Myers, Rutenberg Park in South Fort Myers, Three Oaks Park in Estero and the new Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres.

Locations and directions to the parks can be found at www.leeparks.org. If you have six players who would like to form a team at another location, contact the LCCTA program director at 565-5300.

Competitive matches will be played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

beginning Jan. 25. This league is for intermediate players who self-rate at 3.0 or above.The fee of $35 per person includes court reservations for nine matches, new balls for each match, scheduling, scoring services and membership in the LCCTA for 2007.

Member benefits include access to LCCTA tennis programs, discounts at retail sporting goods stores, fitness centers and massage therapists, discounts on tennis lessons and tournament fees.

Members also receive the 2007 Lee County Tennis Resource Guide and a subscription to the e- newsletter “From the Baseline.”

The Lee County Community Tennis Association, in partnership with the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department, makes tennis programs available for all ages throughout Lee County. Call 565-5300 or visit leecountytennis.usta.com to register.

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For a list of ongoing local tennis events, clinics and instructional programs, check the Web at www.naplesnews.com. Those wishing to have events or activities included in the weekly Thursday local tennis roundup should e-mail the information to Tom Rife at heart22@comcast.net by 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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