Brunswick County Parks and Recreation receives award for community impact
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County’s Parks and Recreation department recently received the United States Tennis Association (USTA) North Carolina 2022 Outstanding Parks & Recreation Department award.
USTA North Carolina annually honors those who have created outstanding tennis programs supported by local parks and recreation departments. This award is presented to the parks and recreation department that made the greatest impact in its community during the past year through programming, events, and partnerships.
“It is an honor to be a recipient for the 2022 USTA NC Award,” said Parks and Recreation Director Aaron Perkins. “I am appreciative of the team effort between Parks staff and all our other county departments, as well as the support we received from the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. This achievement would not have been possible without them.”
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation organizes and coordinates many programs and teams, such as the Adaptive Tennis program and Special Olympics team, that provide inclusivity within the sport and community. Through the support of Parks staff, the Brunswick County Adaptive Tennis program and Special Olympics team grew from eight to 22 players.
To help expand the tennis programs in the county, a partnership was established between Brunswick County’s Parks and Recreation department and the Brunswick County Tennis Association (BCTA). BCTA is a USTA North Carolina Community Tennis Association which follows the policies and regulations of USTA.
This partnership provides the department with volunteers and grant sources for facility improvements through USTA. It also allows coaches and volunteers to become Safe Play certified through the USTA’s comprehensive athlete safety program. With the department’s support, BCTA volunteers have doubled from 10 to 20 members.
“Partnerships in the community are what make things happen,” BCTA President Bob Cause said. “We are grateful for our partnerships with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Brunswick Community College, Brunswick Interagency Program, and Brunswick County Schools, which have increased resources for community programs and helped more of our community get involved in the sport.”
Over the last nine years, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation has renovated three major parks: Ocean Isle Beach Park, Town Creek Park, and Smithville Park. The department currently maintains 28 tennis courts across seven local parks.
Ocean Isle Beach and Smithville Parks each house eight-court tennis facilities that offer opportunities for BCTA to host the yearly USTA Brunswick County Jr. Open for 12- to 18-year-old juniors. These two facilities also provide home courts for adults who play competitive USTA league tennis, accommodate the Try Tennis program, and support local high school tennis programs such as West Brunswick High School’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams.
The availability of all seven tennis facilities makes it possible for the growing retirement population, who regularly use them for round robin tennis matches, and other community members in Brunswick County to use the courts in addition to these programs.
ABOUT USTA NORTH CAROLINA
USTA North Carolina, a not-for-profit organization, is the state affiliate of the United States Tennis Association in North Carolina. Formerly known as the North Carolina Tennis Association (NCTA), USTA North Carolina was founded in 1973 and since that time has focused on its singular mission: to promote and develop the game of tennis in North Carolina. Learn more at nctennis.com.
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