Barbara “BB” Wynne, Founder
A legend in the Indianapolis tennis community, Barbara Wynne began teaching neighborhood children’s tennis in 1955. Within a few years she established the Washington Township Schools Community Tennis Program at North Central High School, growing the organization from 6 courts to 27. In 2003, the community tennis center located on the grounds of North Central High School was finished and named in her honor.
Along with Arthur Ashe, Wynne founded the Indianapolis chapter of the National Junior Tennis League program. The International Tennis Federation awarded her the Educational Merit award, and in 2001 Wynne received the International Tennis Federation’s Service Award.
Today, you can visit a bronze statue of Wynne wearing a [bucket hat] and holding a tennis racket at the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
(Biography blurb courtesy of the MSD Washington Township post https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/02/barbara-wynne-honored/ )
Dan grew up playing tennis at what was Formerly called the Washington Township Schools Tennis Program, now the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program, at the age of 9. Mostly a recreational player in middle school, Dan competed at a higher level in high school. He spent four years playing #1 singles at the Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. He studied History and German on a tennis and academic scholarship at Valparaiso University where he was a four year varsity letter winner for the Crusader Tennis Team. His senior year he was voted team captain and most improved player. He was also a four-time member of the Academic All-Conference Team. After graduation, Dan started his post-secondary degree in Education at the University of Indianapolis. Currently Dan teaches history at North Central High School.
Dan started teaching tennis for the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program in 2002. He has taught in all facets of the program and currently serves as the Tennis Program director, a position he has held since 2008. Dan is currently the North Central High School Men’s Tennis Coach (2008-2020) and coached the Women’s Tennis Team from 2009-2018. He has coached numerous state champions, All-Americans, and overall great people. Outside of the ICTP Dan has worked at Five Seasons Sports Club, the Indianapolis Racquet Club, and Smith Tennis. Dan has been actively helping run and host tournaments since 2018 and is currently the tournament director of the Midwest Closed Championships and the CITA Qualifier.
Lucas started playing seriously when he was seven years old. As a high school player, he was a runner-up in Wisconsin High School Ten- nis and the all-time-wins leader at Roncalli High School. Lucas played Di- vision I Tennis at Valparaiso University and was a part of the 2012 Horizon League Championship team. He is ranked in the Top Ten in university career doubles victories and Top Five in win percentage for a single season (singles). In addition to being the Head Tennis Pro of Junior Programming at West Indy, Lucas serves as the Assistant Coach for the Boys North Central High School Tennis Team. Lucas has been teaching tennis since he was 15 years old, and he loves the game because it is a life- long game that teaches juniors life lessons and provides enjoyment through-out all stages of one’s life. This will be Lucas’ second summer coaching for Indianapolis Community Tennis program!