Congratulations to Tokara Henderson on winning her third straight USTA Missouri Valley Champs Circuit Girl’s Singles title today in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Tokara has won 7 matches in a row and 13 out of the last 14 matches.
Tokara has been playing tennis with the BCC Tennis Academy since she was 4 years old. Now, still only in the 5th grade, Tokara is a leader for our younger kids who are working hard on the court and off to live out the motto of the BCCTA: Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis! Congratulations Tokara. The kids and coaches of the BCCTA are so proud of you!
Tuesday afternoon we had a welcome party for our newest additions to the Cheetahs JTT squad! The past two years the Cheetahs have accomplished so much in winning three JTT City Championships and then, this past summer, winning the USTA JTT State Championship at LaFortune Tennis Center. Several of the kids from the team have now advanced to Green Ball play and we are so proud of them. At the same time, we are beyond excited to welcome our new teammmates!
Braver Reineke, Alma and Andrea Mendoza, Hayden Shriner, and Audrey Bohnstedt have been participating with the BCC Tennis Academy in one or more of our programs for some time now. Our coaches have recognized their hard work, commitment, and over-the-top great attitudes. As a result, our coaches extended the invitation to them to become a Cheetah. They and their families have made the commitment and now they’ve begun putting in the work. Congratulations to each of the kids and their families! We are so proud of you!
Saturday, August 18 was a big day for the kids of the BCC Tennis Academy. We had 9 players competing in tournaments at Oak Tree Country Club and the OKC Tennis Center. Congratulations to Parker Dillon on winning his first Championship a 14s Challenger Tournament and to Jett Birsner for winning 4th in his first Challenger event.
We also had 7 players competing in Orange and Green Ball tournaments at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond. Javier Vazquez, John Paul and Grey Dillon, Taytum Jones, Kadence Williams, and Macy and Kellen Hays all left it all out on the court. Kellen Hays took home 2nd place in his very first Green Ball tournament!
It was a hot, hot day at the Greens Country Club Smasher’s tournament today. We’re so proud of our BCCTA kids who fought through the heat and took home the hardware! We had five of our kids in the tournament and when it was all said and done they took home three 1st Place and two 2nd Place medals. Macy Hays and Taytum Jones both won their draws while Javier Vazquez and Kellen Hays captured Silver medals in their draws.
The outstanding performer of the day has to go to Kadence Williams who won her draw by winning all three of her matches! It was Kadence’s first Singles title of her career. Kadence split sets in two of her matches and won both tiebreakers by the identical score of 9-7! She was on the court for over three hours in blistering heat that caused some of the girls to forfeit their matches. Congratulations to all of our kids!
For the past 6 years the Britton Christian Church Tennis Academy has provided summer camp for kids who want to learn more about loving God, making friends, and playing tennis. Each summer new players have joined us and their parents have been blown away by the level of coaching and love offered by our coaches.
An opportunity like the BCCTA Summer Camp doesn’t just happen, it takes tons of work throughout the year raising money, recruiting coaches, and making preparations for the best four days of summer. Jessica Reineke, our Executive Director, and Board members Steve Porter, Brad Lund, and Rob Braver are the heart of our organization. They don’t just make time for the four days of camp each summer; they work year round in coaching and encouraging our kids. Steve Porter leads a dynamite group of volunteers who work with our Los Gatos Tennis and Learning Club. Brad Lund is Director of Player Development and coaches our 10U City Champion Team Tennis “Cheetahs.” Rob Braver is Head of Development and works year round to get the word out about the great work going on in the BCCTA. Our players and their families are more than grateful for our leaders who give and give and give to bless our kids.
It has often been said, “There’s no ‘I’ in team.” It is such a joy to work alongside of Jessica, Steve, Brad, and Rob. They’re more than tennis coaches, more than people with big hearts; they are a team who share a common vision of changing the world one child at a time!
Our friend David Minihan, Executive Director of USTA Oklahoma and the Director of Tennis at Kickingbird Tennis Center in Edmond, publishes a wonderful online magazine called, “The Baseliner,” each month. The Baseliner is full of tennis news for those of us in Oklahoma. In the most recent publication there is a great article about the BCC Tennis Academy. You can read the entire Baseliner Magazine or you can read the article, “Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis!” by following the link:
June 2018 Baseliner
It was a great day for the BCC Tennis Academy as seven of our 10U tournament players battled the heat at the Earlywine Memorial Day Smasher’s Tournament. Today marked the beginning of a busy Summer schedule for our kids. We had two 1st place (Javier Vasquez and John Paul Dillon,) two 2nd place (Kadence Williams and Kellen Hays,) and one 3rd place (Grey Dillon) finishers! We are so proud of all of our kids!
We are proud of the progress each of our kids are making on the court, but we’re even more proud of the way they support one another at all times. When one of our kids wasn’t on the court playing they were sitting in the bleachers watching and cheering on one of their buddies. At the BCC Tennis Academy our goal is to teach kids to “Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis!” Every one of you are champions on the court and off!
Sunday was a big day for the BCC Tennis Academy! Our kids and coaches were recognized for their outstanding work in our community during morning worship at Britton Christian Church. It was also announced that the Board of the BCC Tennis Academy has been given permission by the leaders of Britton Christian Church to build 3 tennis courts on the land just south of the church gym. With one indoor 10U court and soon-to-be 3 outdoor courts–the kids of the BCC Tennis Academy will have a place of their own to call “home!” This is incredible news and will open up new opportunities for us to reach out to the kids of our community.
Following the morning worship service, Shamycheal Baker, a graduating senior from Centennial High School in Oklahoma City, was recognized by Coach Steve Porter and Coach Rob Braver as the very first recipient of the $1,000.00 BCC Tennis Academy Leadership Scholarship. Shamycheal has been playing tennis with the BCCTA for about 5 years. He has gone out of his way to encourage all of our players, always has a great attitude, and is always willing to help our coaches. Shamycheal embodies the BCCTA motto: “Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis!” Shamycheal plans on signing up for the Peace Corps after graduation and there is no doubt that he will make this world a better place. We’re proud of you Shamycheal!