Gates Tennis Center boasts 20 public-access courts and a skilled staff of international pros and former world-ranked racqueteers. Fledgling forehanders are separated by skill—beginner, intermediate, and advanced—and taught in 6:1 student-to-teacher groups, affording players plenty of room to spread sphere-swiping wings. A trio of one-hour swat-athons instill beginners with basic baseline skills, and veteran volleyers fine-tune careening crosscourt shots and lofting lobs.
Tennis players of all skills and sizes blast neon orbs over the nets year-round on JCC Tennis Center’s array of eight courts, including four indoor hard courts, two lighted outdoor Classic Clay courts, and two outdoor post-tension hard courts. Adult and junior players can hone their forehands and backhands during lessons with the club’s team of tennis professionals, then show off their skills during singles and doubles leagues and tournaments. After a lengthy match or rigorous drill session, players can retire to the locker room and lounge area to reenergize by smelling freshly opened tubes of tennis balls.
Hector's Cleaning Service’s insured technicians know how to take years off the appearance of carpets. Using high-powered equipment, they lift stains and debris from fallen food and dirty shoes, and they fluff threads to make sitting on the floor as pleasurable as sitting on a sheep.
As a mobile tennis teacher, Chris Greenlee travels to courts convenient for his students to teach them how to hit solid serves, volleys, and ground strokes. After playing singles and doubles tennis at the collegiate D-II level, Chris moved on to teaching the game to all levels of players and has helped students improve their skills for 8 years. This body of experience lends his instruction a confident, understanding tone, necessary when explaining to six-year-olds and grown adults that the point of tennis goes beyond sniffing the ball tube.
Trainers Daniel Torres and Heidi White help clients lose fat, gain muscle, and look their best in highly customized personal-training sessions. The trainers use a fitness assessment to determine which muscles are underactive or overactive, then design workouts that will correct existing imbalances. Sessions take place in both indoor and outdoor facilities.
On 10 a.m. on the first day of 2013, City Park's Great Lawn will fill with people ready to start the year off not with a resolution, but a commitment—a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. They'll run, walk, or jay-walk through the park and Marconi Drive on the flat, fast course, which it circles back to the Great Lawn where they started. After the race, runners can stick around for a post-race party to celebrate a successful first morning of the New Year.
In more than 30 cities across the nation, other runners will be participating in similar events as part of a movement that aims to stymie the rising rates of obesity and inaction in the United States.