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Tennis association awarded acrylic surfacing funding

The Alexandria Area Tennis Association (AATA) announced that it recently received three major grant awards in the amount of $59,870.

• United States Tennis Association: $40,000.

• United States Tennis Association Northern Section: $8,500.

• Otto Bremer Foundation: $11,370.

The AATA has collaborated with District 206 to fund the acrylic surfacing of a 12-court tennis complex on the campus of the new Alexandria Area High School.

The estimated total cost of the 12-court complex is $540,000. Activities director Dr. David Hartmann said, "Having a facility for our teams and physical education classes will be a tremendous boost to our program."

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), USTA Northern and Otto Bremer Foundation, along with District 206, are key investors in the tennis court project.

The 12-court complex is a barrier-free, ADA-approved site with handicapped parking and hard surface accessibility. The courts are open to the public and will be scheduled by the High School Activities Office during the school day and by Lakes Area Recreation (LAR) for evening and weekend hours.

The courts will allow high school tennis practices and matches to be played at one venue instead of at three sites throughout the community and increase the opportunity to host both state High School League events and AATA community activities and tournaments.

In 2012, the AATA collaborated with District 206, LAR, AATA volunteers and private tennis instructors to log more than 500 community and area residents involved in some form of organized tennis event.

Other grants are currently being solicited by the AATA to add "10 and Under" court striping to four of the 12 courts at the complex. This play format not only allows tennis beginners, of all ages, to experience a fun introduction to the game, but also can provide "gentle tennis" for senior citizens and adaptive tennis for individuals with cognitive and physical challenges.

For more information, call (320) 762-2140 or (320) 894-7952.