The objectives of the PCC are for the enjoyment of competitive tennis interaction, with a focus on junior development while emphasizing n physical fitness.
This organization was formed to afford African Americans and other minorities the opportunity to participate in competitive tennis tournaments at a time when the social and racial climates were adverse to a point of exclusion from all local ten...nis tournaments. This prestigious event is held every Labor Day Weekend in September and is hosted by (7) Member tennis Clubs in Long Beach, California. California tennis players from each coast and beyond will come to compete in this wonderful event. The PCC invites everyone to join us at this “Grand Old” tournament each year. Come out and show your support for this truly fine American organization.
The American Tennis Association, hereafter referred to as the ATA, was established in 1916 as an alternative to the USTA (United States Tennis Association) because the USTA would not allow minorities to compete in their national tennis championships. In 1917 the ATA established its own national championships and through it has produced several of the world’s top players and coaches. Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the first African Americans to be ranked No. 1 and to win Grand Slam titles, were sponsored and groomed by ATA officials and coaches.
Most African American professional tennis players were trained by ATA Clubs and played ATA Tournaments before turning pro. The list includes such greats as Zina Garrison, Leslie Allen, Lori McNeil, Chandra Rubin, Katrina Adams, and Mali Vai Washington to name of few. The list also includes Southern California notables as Mel “Bobo” Lewis, Don Bly and Charles Teaberry.
Today the ATA continues its rich history of developing young tennis players and providing ATA members with the opportunity to compete in our National Championships. The ATA will host its 100th National Championships in 2017. The Championship is the largest and most unique of its kind in the United States offering more than 50 competitive categories for players from 8 to 80.
We presently have several up and coming junior tennis players playing in the Los Angeles area that would benefit from the experience and exposure of competing in this tournament.
Let us introduce you to our Team:
Tory Bailey 13, John Baptist 13, Jordan Brown 14, Alexander Coleman 9,
Maxi Duncan 13, Jordon Harris 14, Marley Lambert 11, Olivia Macintosh-Adams 13, Keynon Thompkins 13, Kayla Brown 16 and Katrina Scott 12.
All of these juniors are high performance athletes truly dedicated and ranked in their age division.
The monies raised will sponsor to send ten junior players to Baltimore, Maryland and their chaperons to participate in the American Tennis Association (ATA) 100th National Championships and we need you help to make this happen. Can we count on you?
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