Paul Meyer continues to be a man on a mission for the City Kids junior tennis program at the Marco Island Racquet Center.
The program lost a major school-year sponsor in Marco Community Bank when it closed and is now Mutual of Omaha. Meyer, who has no affiliation with the city, other than his kids enjoy the after-school program, saw the need to help.
Meyer started out be being like a door-to-door salesmen, talking up the program, asking for at least a sponsorship fee of $100.
“He continues to be a success, with more than 55 local businesses and individuals supporting the program,” said Bill Van Glabek, Racquet Center manager. “A tennis player and tennis dad, Paul Meyer went from a single donation to having a charity sunset cruise in the spring.”
An open house is scheduled for Sept. 18 at the Racquet Center to further the cause. It will highlight junior and adult programs offered at the center.
The City Kids program, which concluded with the end of the school year, has 60 kids involved in learning and playing the game. Van Glabek sees the program expanding to Cardio Tennis for Kids and a Junior Tennis team this fall.
Through his and the city’s efforts, the City Kids program cost has been kept at $40 for six weeks each semester, with kids playing twice a week.
Meyer hopes to grow interest to start similar summer programs, while the Racquet Center continues to look for a major sponsor.
Van Glabek said the growing success of the program comes from junior tennis players having fun on the courts and the support of the local Marco Island community.