Posted July 6, 2022
Lorain County Community College was named the 2022 Organization of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Midwest Section.
LCCC has partnered with USTA Midwest since 2008, when the college formed its first tennis club team for students. Since then, LCCC and USTA Midwest partnered on several initiatives including free tennis play days and equipment distribution at LCCC learning centers, as well as summer tennis camps and tennis instruction for children in evening care programs. Most recently, LCCC hosted the LCCC/USTA Summer Smash Youth Tennis Camp. Annually, more than 500 students and community members interact with tennis through LCCC’s on campus and community programming.
Additionally, the college hosts local high school tennis teams for practices on campus and maintains indoor and outdoor tennis facilities that are open to the community and students.
Jim Powers, associate professor in the health and wellness division at LCCC, leads the college’s tennis efforts. Powers serves on the adult social committee of USTA Midwest, and is the vice president of the board of directors of the USTA Northeast Ohio district.
“Receiving this recognition was a great surprise and very much appreciated,” Powers said. “LCCC has been a recipient of several USTA grants, and our continued relationship with the USTA Midwest section will help us tremendously as we offer sport, fitness and recreational opportunities to our students and the community.”
The USTA Midwest Section is comprised of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and parts of Wisconsin and West Virginia.