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Swing into the holidays at Steamboat Tennis Association potluck

The Steamboat Tennis Association will host a tennis social from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The holidays will swing onto the courts at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs Sunday afternoon with the final Steamboat Tennis Association social of the season.

"We have our annual membership meeting in December every year," said Warren Luce, executive director of the Steamboat Tennis Association. "But this year, we decided to add the tennis social and make it a holiday event."

The social will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Tennis Center and will include a potluck and a round-robin tennis tournament. The STA will provide drinks and is asking those who come out for the event to bring a finger-food item for the potluck. The event is free for Steamboat Tennis Association members, and $10 for those who are not members.

The night will be a chance to mix with other tennis supporters in the community, and there will be a brief annual meeting where the leadership will talk about how much the association raised in 2017 and how the money was spent.

“We will take input from anyone, but typically, the important  element of the meeting, which is normally quite brief, is to share with the membership how we did this year in terms of fundraising, and how much money we spent on various programs," Luce said.

Luce said the STA supports about 10 different programs in the community including the boys and girls tennis programs at the high school, as well as providing $3,000 in scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

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Those funds also support two adaptive camps that serve players with autism, as well as camps designed to expose high school players to wheelchair tennis.

"We also run wheelchair tennis clinics for our high school tennis players," Luce said. "We are convinced that the more people who realize that you can get out and play in a chair, the more willing people with mobility issues will be to get out and actually play."

The STA also supports a couple of camps for children between the ages of 5 and 18 who have never played tennis or would be considered beginners. The STA also purchases equipment that is used to teach the game of tennis to future generations of players.

"We try to stay busy promoting the game we love," Luce said.

This year the STA also purchased an outside water fountain and water bottle filler to enhance the Tennis Center.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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