The Washington Township Schools’ Community Tennis Program was founded fifty-six years ago by Barbara S. Wynne, with the vision that tennis can enhance one’s athletic ability, as well as one’s personal life.
In 1964 the program grew from her backyard court to the eight courts at North Central High School. As participation and programming of this grassroots program continued to expand, so did the facility. Over the course of 50 years, private fundraising and community support created the flagship tennis facility in the Midwest, currently housing 30 full-size courts, 4 Youth Progression courts, and a state-of-the-art tennis house renovation, completed in 2003, when it was named the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center, in honor of its founder.
Our facility serves as the hub for tennis in Indiana and the USTA Midwest Section. Annually we host the IHSAA Boy’s and Girl’s State Tournaments, as well as the Indiana High School Coaches Hall of Fame. We are home to various different Midwest Championships including, but not limited to, the 16 and under and 18 and under Boy’s and Girl’s Championships, the Adult League Championships, and the Junior Team Tennis Championships. We actively participate with CITA to host league play, spring junior clinics, and the Qualifier for the Midwest Level 1 Closed Championships. We also are a UTR certified club and host UTR level based tournaments and match play.
In 2014 the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program became the management arm of the Washington Township Schools’ Community Tennis Program. Although the name may have changed, the program has not, as we continue to partner with MSD of Washington Township in bringing tennis opportunities to the extended community.
Such opportunities include tennis programming for ages 3 years old through adults, at all levels of play, utilizing the USTA’s Youth Progression Pathways, serving over 300 players during the summer months. In 2015 we joined forces with nationally recognized Smith Tennis, making our High Performance Program for our elite players, one of five Regional Training Centers in the country. This popular program attracts the top talent, including over 60% of the CITA Midwest Qualifiers, members of the CITA cup teams, and both IHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Singles Champions. In 2016 the Smith Tennis’ High Performance was designated USTA’s “USA Team Developmental Program of the Year.”
Although our program has expanded and we have maintained our tradition of excellence, we have stayed true to our roots, understanding our students are learning more than just a game. The skills and core values they gain through the sport will be carried throughout their lives, both on and off the court. Reinforcing this aspect is our Kids Helping Kids philanthropy program, which has raised over $675,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital since 1983.
For information on the history of our foundation, Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, click here.