On Jan. 29, the Highland Park Tennis Club hosted Tennis for Sickle Cell at The Club on One Racquet Lane in Monroeville. Dozens of guests enjoyed food, fun, door prizes, auctions and most of all tennis in a climate-controlled environment while raising money for the Sickle Cell Society Inc.

TENNIS YOU’RE GONNA LOVE IT—Gloria Hill and Lawade Garris, webmaster. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

HPTC was founded in April of 2002 and has more than 130 members of diverse backgrounds. Tennis has been reported as being a great sport to get in and stay in shape and you can try it out for free.

HPTC’s signature event is a free summer clinic. The clinic is held on the tennis courts in Highland Park on Stanton Avenue. It begins on the first Saturday in May and reportedly 75 to 80 people show up each Saturday. The clinic is from 9:30-11 a.m.

The Highland Park Tennis Club was recognized as 2009 United States Tennis Association Middle States Community Tennis Association of the Year and Allegheny Mountain District Organization of the Year in acknowledgement of its achievement in the local and regional community.

This grassroots group has been recognized from Pittsburgh to Princeton and has implemented numerous community initiatives. They have participated in tournaments, sponsored after-school programs to teach the game and have become quite philanthropic. Their motto “tennis, you’re going to love it,” their mission, to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Pittsburgh’s multicultural community.

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