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A Message From The New Jersey Region Director

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Hello Everyone,

 

My name is Larry Dillon. It is truly an honor for me to represent you as the 2019 - 2020 Director of the New Jersey Region Council for USTA Eastern. Previously called the New Jersey Region Board, the Council is charged with identifying and supporting ways to grow tennis participation in New Jersey.

 

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Lou Wiggs, our first NJ Region President, for his 13 years of leadership. In my previous role as New Jersey Tennis Service Representative working alongside Lou, Dale Caldwell, our former Section President, and the many supporters of our tennis community like yourself, we were able to make New Jersey one of the most productive Regions in the Section.

 

Secondly, I’d like to thank our incoming New Jersey Region Council members for their commitment to serve. Their contact information can be found on our NJ Region website link below. As you come to know their backgrounds and interests, you will discover we have a very diverse and passionate group. The new Council shares an impressive array of perspectives and skill sets resulting from their personal involvement in tennis, and other professional experiences. I look forward to working closely with the Council in partnership with all of you to  help achieve our collective goals. 

 

Our new motto is: “Empower the Base”. USTA Eastern’s number one objective is to increase tennis participation. Growth and Development of tennis happens at the grassroots level. We will do all we can to empower and support our member organizations with their outreach efforts to increase participation rates among new and existing customers.

 

USTA Eastern’s Strategic Priorities are:

- Governance

- The Youth Imperative

- Innovation

- Diversity and Inclusion

 

Governance: the Section is taking a highly proactive approach to comply with New York State/ New Jersey Non-profit rules and regulations. We are also in contact with USTA National to identify key enablers and best practices that will help us become the most operationally efficient and productive organization possible.

 

The Youth Imperative: we want to attract and retain children in the game. Children are introduced to tennis via family and friends, schools, recreation departments, community organizations, public and private clubs, and other opportunities. We strive to make each child’s introduction to the game a rewarding one that inspires continued enthusiasm, and will work to ensure the number of options available for their involvement reach as far as their ambitions take them. 

 

Innovation: USTA Eastern, along with the entire tennis industry, is seeking ways to increase participation by making tennis more appealing. Transforming how tennis is perceived, valued and administered will help attract and maintain players. While we continually search for new ideas to engage people in the sport, many of our member organizations are already making a significant impact with their innovative approaches to tennis. We want to further open the lines of communication to explore synergies and implement some of those innovative concepts across the Region.

 

Diversity and Inclusion: New Jersey has a very diverse demographic. Diversity is our strength. We will always consider how to maximize the strength of our diversity in every major decision we make and action we take, while simultaneously fostering an environment of inclusion and equity that supports increased participation and individual fulfillment.

 

Moving Forward!!!

The New Jersey Council is currently working with the Section to identify specific goals, objectives and action plans for driving these strategic priorities forward. We will share that content with you as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, there are several things we can do to get us off to a great start:

 

1. Strengthen our lines of communication.

Make sure all your contact information is accurate in the USTA database. Please click here to update if necessary.

  • Expect to receive a quarterly NJ Region newsletter from us beginning in the 2nd QTR that will highlight important topics, messages, developments, events, dates, tips, tools, and resources that also tie in at the Section level. Here are several useful links to bookmark now for future reference.
  • Hearing from you will help us clarify our goals and objectives. We invite you to share your ideas, compliments and critiques here; this link can also be found on the Home Page of our website.

 

2. It’s Grant Time! The first grant of the season from USTA Eastern is the "Growing Tennis Together" Grant due on March 15th. We encourage any organization that can articulate how they will increase participation in 2019 to apply. As a non-profit entity, Eastern’s objective is to become a valued resource to member organizations in support of our mission: To Promote and Develop the Game of Tennis. For more details about the grant submission process please click here:

 

 

3. The USTA has significantly increased the financial support it provides to help refurbish public tennis facilities. We are fortunate in New Jersey to have a large number of public tennis courts. If you know of any facility that is looking to either resurface or reconstruct their courts, please share the following link for details. Private organizations can also receive technical advice at no cost. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the New Jersey Tennis Service Rep, Quacey Balleste via email at balleste@eastern.usta.com or by phone at 914-272-5692.

 

https://www.usta.com/en/home/organize/grants-and-assistance/national/about-usta-facility-assistance.html

 

The New Jersey Region Council looks forward to being of service as we work cooperatively to promote and develop this legendary sport. Let’s have a great 2019!!!

 

Larry Dillon

2019 - 2020

New Jersey Council Director

 

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