The Joshua Tennis Association has started actively recruiting members, said Angela Stinnett, who serves as vice president public information officer of the new club.
“Tennis is a lot like golf in that it's a lifetime sport,” Stinnett said. “You can play tennis for a long time, unlike football or some of those other team sports that people play when they are young. We want to get more interest in tennis and expose more kids to the sport.”
The Joshua Tennis Association is open to anyone with interest, Stinnett said.
“We welcome players of any age,” she said. “Members will just have to pay a one-time fee of $10 for adults and $5 for students. Membership fees are used for scholarships to tennis camps, buying racquets and equipment for children who can't afford it and other things like that.”
Stinnett said that the club has already given out its first scholarship, a trip to John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, a $150 value.
The club meets at the tennis courts at Joshua High School from 3-5 p.m. each Saturday.
“We did a presentation at Loflin Middle School and about 35 kids signed up to get more information about the club, so that was good,” Stinnett said. “Larry Portillo, our club president, did an excellent presentation to the kids in the cafeteria and they seemed very excited.
For information, call Stinnett at 817-648-5353 or Melinda Portillo at 817-714-1498.