Established in 2004, the Raleigh Tennis Association (“RTA”) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supported by volunteers within the Raleigh community. RTA operates under the umbrella of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and in conjunction with the North Carolina Tennis Association (NCTA).
Mission & Purpose
The RTA’s mission is to grow, promote, and support all tennis in Raleigh. Our purpose in achieving our mission is to facilitate the delivery and growth of tennis programs and services to all communities through diverse tennis organizations in the City of Raleigh.
The RTA strives to:
ensure that programs exist for anyone at any time to try the game, learn tennis skills, play with friends, or compete in match play.
work with the USTA/NCTA, local tennis organizations and clubs, and the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation’s Tennis program, to respond to the needs of the tennis community.
ensure that other organizations within the community have the tools and resources to deliver these programs.
strengthen local relationships and create partnerships with schools, outreach organizations, parks and recreation departments, other CTAs, tennis facilities, and organizations that deliver tennis programs in the local community.
A team of professional staff led by Julie Dick, Executive Director, executes the mission of the RTA and oversees daily operations. A Board of Directors guides the direction of the RTA and implements policies. Board positions include President/Chairman, Executive Vice President, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two members at large. The RTA Board includes the following committees:
Policies & By-Laws
Grants & Scholarships (RTA Serves)
Finance & Investment
Volunteer & Special Events
In 2019, the RTA Serves Committee was formed as part of the Scholarships and Grants Committee. The RTA Serves committee works to provide support for tennis and Raleigh NJTL Chapters who provide educational programming and introduce tennis to new faces across Raleigh.
In order to support our mission and make tennis programming and resources available and accessible to everyone, we rely on grants and donations from individuals and businesses. To make your tax-deductible donation to the Raleigh Tennis Association, click the Donate button.
The RTA identifies opportunities to serve the community through the game of tennis. Our hope is to make programming and resources available and accessible to everyone. We strive to equip and empower all areas of the community with information, support, funding, and resources that most meet the needs of the community.
Partnership & Advocacy
Two key factors in our success: partnership and advocacy. Our partnerships with the Wake County Public School System, the City of Raleigh, neighboring towns, local organizations, as well as private and public clubs help make tennis accessible to all players and provide excellent facilities for our growing tennis community.
RTA Tennis Provider, Club, and Facility Partners
The RTA has formed essential relationships and partnerships with Raleigh area tennis providers, clubs, and facilities. These organizations are critical to the success of the RTA and provide the opportunity for the RTA to offer programs, leagues, and tournaments for the greater Raleigh tennis community. Below is a list of our incredible partners who help make our mission a reality.
RTA Community Partner Organizations
In addition to the relationships and partnerships the RTA has formed with Raleigh tennis providers and clubs, the RTA has also established similar relationships and partnerships with both tennis and “non-tennis” organizations to coordinate activities that promote tennis. Additionally, the RTA is always open to welcoming new partners to further our impact in the community (contact us about RTA partnership opportunities). Current and past partners include:
Daughter’s of the British Empire NC
Raleigh Chapter: National Junior Tennis and Learning
As part of the USTA Foundation’s National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) nation-wide network, RTA’s NJTL Chapter seeks to develop the character of young people within our community through tennis and education. Our chapter’s goal is to facilitate efforts to strengthen and improve NJTL programming and outreach in Raleigh. RTA provides support for tennis and Raleigh NJTL Chapters that provide educational programming and introduces tennis to new faces across Raleigh.
Spirit of Tennis Scholarship Program
In 2019, the RTA launched the “Spirit of Tennis Scholarship Program” to support Raleigh residents pursuing post-secondary education in the state of North Carolina whose lives in and out of the classroom and on and off the court, reflect the spirit of tennis.
A maximum of three (3) scholarships, in the minimum amount of $1,000 each, will be awarded to high school seniors in the Spring of 2021. Beginning in March 2021, RTA will accept applications for the scholarship program. Applications will be reviewed by the RTA Serves committee and recommended to the RTA Board of Directors for approval. Selected winners will be announced in May 2021.
RTA Cares Fund
In the summer of 2020, the RTA approved $7,500 to provide micro-grants of $250 each to be allocated to local teaching professionals and/or tournament directors whose income was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 related shutdown of tennis facilities and programs. Twenty-four micro-grants were awarded based on applications received. Additionally, the RTA donated $500 to Ebony Racquet Club out of these funds to support their junior programming that was impacted.