Friday, March 15, 2013

Best on the Courts

Members of the Greater Pottstown Tennis Association, front from left: Administrator and coach Maryellen Wilson; Director of Operations and coach Kerriann Herdelin; Preisdent Margie Neiswender; member and webmaster Indrani Pandey. Rear, from left; Coach Chris Herdelin; Vice President Dave Faulkner; board member Dick Geiger; Coach Josh Geiger; Coach David Himes; Coach, Ira Watts, Coach.

BLOGGER'S NOTE: My son received tennis lessons through this organization for several summers and this winter, practiced ever Saturday as well at The Hill School through this program.Not only is it free and awesome, it also builds interest into the kind of activity you can continue throughout your entire life. After all, how many 60-year-olds do you see playing football? 

Congrats to all involved, both on the award and your phenomenal growth. No doubt, those you've taught will be instrumental in re-building Pottstown High School's tennis team, which will begin again this spring after nearly a decade of inactivity.

Greater Pottstown Tennis Association (GPTA) has been named Community Tennis Association of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for all of Middle States.

 GPTA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage and foster the development and growth of the sport of tennis for all age groups in Pottstown and its surrounding communities.

GPTA serves players throughout the greater Pottstown area in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties.
In 2012, GPTA became part of the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network when it formed Greater Pottstown Tennis and Learning (GPTL).

This second organization is focused on delivering educational and tennis programming to underserved populations in the Pottstown School District.

GPTA & GPTL run year round low-cost tennis programs including clinics, leagues, USTA Jr. Team Tennis, tournaments, US Open Bus Trip and special events.  GPTL also runs a free after school program for Pottstown Middle School students provided by a grant from Pottstown Health and Wellness.

This tennis program focuses on nutrition, fitness and life skills. GPTL also sponsors a free winter clinic for Pottstown students from grades 6th-12th to encourage participation on the Pottstown High School Tennis Team.

Free tutoring is offered to any GPTL participants by The Hill School’s students.

GPTA/GPTL has grown over 700 percent in the last two years and intends to implement more free and low cost after school programs for future years.

GPTA and GPTL are made up of a Board of Professionals from the community who volunteer their experience and expertise to ensure that low-cost tennis programs are provided.

The daily operations are run by Kerriann Herdelin, Director and Maryellen Wilson, Administrator.  GPTA and GPTL have many talented and experienced coaches.  Visit for more information on year round tennis programs.

1 comment:

  1. We also offer clinics for adults and Adult leagues for all levels of players through GPTA.
    Great article Evan and we hope your family gets many more years of benefits from participating in the sport of tennis.