DEARBORN —The University of Michigan-Dearborn is the latest university to adopt the rapidly expanding United States Tennis Association Tennis On Campus program.
Association officials say the new club is a response to the growing tennis demand on college campuses to provide students with the opportunity to participate on a nonvarsity coed team and to continue playing in a fun, competitive environment.
Currently, the Tennis On Campus program is offered on over 500 college campuses, with over 30,000 students participating.
Only a fraction of the 340,000 high school tennis players continue competing at the intercollegiate varsity level, program organizers say. Tennis On Campus fills the void for the remaining thousands of students who wish to continue playing tennis in college.
“We are very excited about having a club tennis program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,” says Jason Davis, the new club president. “It is a great opportunity to play tennis and socialize.”
As part of the rapidly expanding Tennis On Campus network, UM-D has the opportunity to compete in a full schedule of regional and sectional events throughout the year. The culmination of the season is the 64-team USTA National Campus Championship, which will be held in Surprise, Ariz., April 16 through 19.
For more information about implementing a program, finding a school that offers Tennis On Campus or to set up a match, go to www.tennisoncampus.com , or e-mail [email protected].
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level, from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game.
It owns and operates the US Open and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the country and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence.
For more information go to usta.com.