Partnership Highlight: Tennis Centers

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) supports healthy people by providing invigorating ways for residents to connect with others through sports and exercise. SPR maintains 160 tennis courts throughout Seattle, including those at the Amy Yee Tennis Center, and we also partner with Tennis Center at Sand Point to expand access to tennis in our community.

Tennis Center Sand Point at Magnuson Park

Tennis Center Sand Point (TCSP), located at the Magnuson Park complex, is an indoor tennis facility that strives to cultivate community and educate players to succeed on and off the court. Each year, through a partnership agreement with SPR, TCSP provides free or reduced cost programs to the public, as well as other services that enrich our community.

Public Benefits:

  • Free courts for seniors: TCSP provides over 500 hours per year in free court time for seniors ages 65 and up. The public benefit value of TCSP’s free senior court program is estimated at $18,270. To access free tennis, seniors must call ahead to the front desk to reserve a court. Free Senior Tennis Court Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays (Regular Season) and Fridays through Sundays (Summer Season).
  • Scholarships for youth: Last year, TCSP awarded $25,000 in junior scholarships for classes and private lessons. Scholarships are awarded based on need or merit to youth ages 5 to 18. For more information on scholarships, email Lisa Moholt, Director of Junior Tennis, at lisa@tenniscentersandpoint.com.
  • Giving back to the community: TCSP hosts many fundraising events throughout the year for causes that support community needs. In 2017 alone, TCSP raised $25,000 for Fred Hutch and UW medicine cancer research; $5,000 for Solid Ground’s summer youth program; $1,800 for the ACEing Autism; and donated over 60 tennis packages totaling more than $18,000 to local schools and charitable auctions. To participate in TCSP’s fundraising and donation efforts, email info@tenniscentersandpoint.com.
  • Facility space for Adaptive Tennis: TCSP partners with Seattle Adaptive Sports to facilitate tennis opportunities for those in wheelchairs, hosting an annual Wheelchair Tennis Camp and the annual Seattle Up/Down Tournament. For more information, contact Seattle Adaptive Sports at info@seattleadaptivesports.org or 206-963-0916.
  • Public access to TCSP restrooms: TCSP makes their restroom facilities available to the community and Magnuson Park visitors during the Center’s normal operating hours.
  • Free court time for Brettler Place youth: Through a partnership with the nonprofit Solid Ground, TCSP donates an hour of free court time to host a weekly tennis clinic for the youth at Brettler Place, an apartment building which provides affordable housing to local Sand Point community members. The tennis clinic is part of SPR’s Rock the Park program and outreach is coordinated via the Magnuson Community Center. The value this service provides to the community estimated to be $1,672.50.

 

For more information or to access any of these benefits, please call the center at 206-522-5008.

 

Amy Yee Tennis Center

Each year, the Amy Yee Tennis Center (AYTC) offers more than 1,200 tennis programs, hosts dozens of tennis tournaments, and participates in a variety of tennis leagues. AYTC works to make tennis accessible to all members of the community, providing quality courts and programs at low- to no-cost. AYTC also boasts the most diverse instructor base in the Pacific Northwest, with 13 instructors of color and seven female instructors.

Public Benefits:

  • Free Courts for Youth: High School students aged 18 and under can reserve one of four courts for free on Fridays at either 3:45 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. At the earliest, youth should call to reserve their court on the Wednesday before their desired Friday reservation. Youth ages 18 and under can also drop-in and play tennis for free anytime a court is available.
  • Free Teen Late Night: Every Friday night, AYTC hosts Teen Late Night. In the spring, Teen Late Night occurs from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., but throughout the rest of the year, Teen Late Nights occur from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This free drop-in program is designed to give teens ages 13-18 of all skill levels a supportive and fun space to learn tennis. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment or use AYTC equipment free of charge.
  • Senior Discounts: Seniors ages 65 and up can reserve a court any day or time for a dollar-off the regular rate.* And on Mondays and Fridays, seniors can use a court with others for only $5. Hours for $5 senior tennis are typically from 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays beginning in March 2018, but hours for senior tennis sessions may begin at 1:15 p.m. on some days. Before attending $5 senior tennis sessions, seniors must call ahead and notify the tennis center.
  • Youth Scholarships: In 2017 alone, AYTC awarded over $5,300 in youth scholarships to help families pay for lessons and camps. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling-basis and are based on need or merit. Call the center to learn more and apply.
  • Low Cost Family Nights: Amy Yee offers a year-round Family Night class designed for beginners on Fridays from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The drop-in fee is $5 per person, and parent(s)/guardian(s) and their children (ages 17 and under) can learn tennis together in a supportive environment. Families attending Family Night must consist of at least one parent with one child.

*Please call the tennis center a week ahead of desired reservation date to rent a court.

For more information or to access any of these benefits, please call the center at (206) 684-4764.

 

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