The Billings Tennis Association (BTA) was originally formed in the early 1950’s as a social club. It later attained a 501(c)(4) status in 1986. By 1998 the BTA’s budget had grown to $4,600. Although its primary focus was social tennis, the BTA began hosting 2 tournaments per year. In 1998, the Billings Tennis Association was awarded a grant though the USTA Plan for Growth and a TIA Marketing Grant. We attained our 501(c)(3) status and expanded our focus to include program offerings and assistance to outlying communities. We changed our mission statement to promote the growth and development of tennis in Billings and Eastern Montana. Since that time we have been awarded additional grants by the USTA and the TIA to help achieve our goals. Historically, we have matched all national grant funds locally with multi-media, corporate and individual sponsorships. Our organization’s current budget is $25,000.
The Billings Tennis Association works to introduce and provide quality structured programs in parks, schools and on University campuses. Our greatest challenge is to provide organized and affordable tennis programs for all ages and abilities in this vast arena.
Collaborating with the Billings Parks and Recreation Department, we offer Summer Tennis lesson programs at 3 parks for beginning, intermediate, and advanced youth, as well as beginning adults. The BTA worked with MSU-B to ensure junior lesson programs are offered during the school year at the Bubble, the only indoor facility currently available in Billings. We provide an Adult League for women, men, and mixed doubles in our parks and indoor facility at Montana State University-Billings.
The Billings Tennis Association is looking to bring back some tennis socials for all BTA members. We have expanded to 4 yearly tournaments for youth and adults as well as the tennis tournament for the Big Sky State Games, the largest tennis tournament in the state. The BTA worked to get the Big Sky State Games Junior’s tournament sanctioned in 2003. Billings is the only sanctioned tournament site in Eastern Montana, encompassing 70,000 square miles. We attract a considerable number of participants from surrounding states and Canada.
Since collaborating with the Billings Parks and Recreation Department, the Billings Tennis Association has set aside $2 per participant earmarked for public court maintenance. We discovered by contributing a substantial amount to the budget, we were able to dictate the process and hire the best bidder instead of the lowest bidder to resurface our public courts. In 2004, we resurfaced 2 sites; Pioneer Park (9 courts) and Central Park (4 courts). During the summer of 2005, Lillis Park (2 courts) was resurfaced. We continue to work to keep the courts in playable condition and in March 2011, nearly 50 volunteers turned out to clean, patch, and repaint the courts at Pioneer, Central, and Rose Parks.
The BTA and many of its members contributed substantially of their time, talent, and treasure to help the Montana State University-Billing Tennis Facility to become a reality and many others are now working to make the Elks Tennis Center a reality. We hope to see increased participation in tennis with the improved quality and year round availability of more facilities.
The primary mission of the Billings Tennis Association (BTA) is to promote the growth and development of tennis in Billings and eastern Montana. The BTA collaborates with the Billings Parks and Recreation Department by offering Summer and Fall USA Tennis 1-2-3 and USA Team Tennis programs at 3 parks for beginning, intermediate, and advanced youth, as well as beginning adults. We operate a growing USA Tennis Adult League for women, men, and mixed doubles in our parks and indoor facility at Montana State University-Billings. ??The Billings Tennis Association conducts local USTA sanctioned tournaments for youth and adults annually, and the tennis tournament for the Big Sky State Games, which is the largest tennis tournament in the state. We are the only sanctioned tournament site in Eastern Montana, encompassing 70,000 square miles. We attract a considerable number of participants from surrounding states and Canada.
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