Tennis association serves sport in city by Maya Ristic The warm summer weather is the perfect time for people to enjoy themselves as they become involved in community activities.
Lately, people in Vermillion have picked up their racquets and have joined a weekly tennis event.
The recently formed Vermillion Tennis Association includes USD Athletic Director Kelly Higgins, Vermillion High School girls' tennis coach Barbara Rickord, USD professor Zoran Ristic, Vermillion's Park and Recreation director Lauren Tolsma, Four Season's Health Club tennis director, Greg Mahosky, and Tom Schaack, president of First National Bank.
The committee decided to promote tennis in Vermillion; therefore, a tennis league was established for the community.
Ristic, the coordinator of the Vermillion Tennis League, is delighted with the turnout of the organization.
"Tennis is a wonderful sport, and people in Vermillion should have the opportunity to play tennis," he said. "It's healthy, fun, and socially relaxing."
Nineteen members are among the league, containing both juniors and adults. Players are divided into ability levels, and range from playing singles to doubles.
"The organization will encourage people to play tennis," Rickord said.
Matthew Rognstad, a college student, heard about the league and became interested in returning to the game he once played.
"I put the game aside for several years, and kept thinking about getting back into it," he said. "I decided to join the league and stick with it, and it's a great motivational tool for exercise.
"It's a good opportunity to meet people, use the wonderful courts, and most importantly, play tennis," Rognstad said.
For others, playing the game on a regular basis was the reason for joining.
"I wanted to keep up on my tennis skills, and basically not worry so much about the competition," Jenny Bremer said.
The league meets every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m at the university courts. If you are interested, please call 624-9485 or 677-6170.
Come see what this great sport has to offer!