Sunday afternoon eight members of the BCCTA Cheetahs took to the courts at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park needing 20 standings points in their final dual of the season to clinch the 2019 Spring 10-and-Under Junior Team Tennis championship.
At the BCC Tennis Academy we love to play tennis. We love to teach kids, who might never get an opportunity, to play tennis. Even more importantly, we love to use tennis as a tool to teach kids about the big lessons of life. That’s why our motto is, “Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis!”
Yesterday, while our coaches were handing out “Gold Balls” to the player on each court who showed great heart, hustle, and humility, one player, who had never played tennis with us before, stood out. His coach said, “He kept his eyes on me and did everything I told him to do.” What a great set-up for a major “life lesson.” The Bible tells us,
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:2-3 NIVO)
Life can be hard, so hard. There are challenges far more challenging than learning a forehand or backhand that some of our kids are facing and that all will face in the future. We want them to learn that just like they benefit from listening to and following their coach on the court, they will greatly benefit from learning and listening to what God has to say about life…all of life.
At the end of every practice we huddle up with the kids and give thanks. We want our kids to never forget the many, many blessings that God has showered upon them. Folks pay big bucks to learn to improve their game, but far more important than a winning game on the court is a grateful heart overflowing with thanks. Love God. Make Friends. Play Tennis!
Every Tuesday afternoon our courts are full of kids who are working hard and having tons of fun! Last week a friend came out to shoot to some footage of a typical Tuesday at the BCC Tennis Academy. We hope you will enjoy getting a “birds eye” view of what’s happening at the BCC Tennis Academy. If you would like more information about our tennis academy then stop by some Tuesday at 4:30 pm. We’d love to meet you, give you a tour, and introduce you to our kids and coaches.
LITTLE MO TOURNAMENT What a great experience for the seven BCC Tennis Academy players who played in the Little Mo Tournament last weekend at The Green’s Country Club in Oklahoma City. Gray Dillon captured the Championship in the Boys 9 yr. old Green Ball division. Taytum Jones was Runner-Up in the Boys 11 yr. old Green Ball division. Tokara Henderson took home the Runner-Up trophy in the Girls 12 yr old division. Javier Vasquez, Kellen and Macy Hays, and John Paul Dillon also competed and had a great experience in their first Little Mo. All of the coaches and kids of the BCC Tennis Academy are so proud of all of you! Keep working!
On Sunday, December 16, the BCCTA family got together to celebrate all of the wonderful blessings God has lavished upon us during the past year. We’ve seen more and more kids join our Academy. We’ve seen more and more kids begin to climb the ladder and move from our Sunday “Fun Bunch” into our tournament training program. We’ve broken ground and are now ready to finish our new outdoor training facility. Things are looking for up for the kids and coaches of the BCC Tennis Academy!
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!