Since Pattie Smith and her husband built Charlotte Racquet Club North in 1998 to infuse northern Charlotte with much-needed tennis action, they’ve watched the club blossom from seven courts and a doublewide trailer to a sweeping 14-court facility complete with a pool and a fitness complex. Pattie plans on adding four indoor courts by November to keep members playing through the winter—including one 78-year-old ace who games, sets, and matches twice a week.
Nothing says victory like a sticky high-five full of ketchup and chili fries, and Buck’s Sports and Spirits provides plenty of quality napkins to go with its plates of gooey deliciousness. The upscale Brookhaven sports bar offers southern-style pub fare in a welcoming environment. Start with a tower of slow-cooked pork ribs ($9.95) in a sweet barbecue glaze, or opt for an order of the crab dip and pita chips ($9.95). A hearty selection of sandwiches, such as Buck's big beefy barn burger ($8.95) or the hand-full-o'-hen ($7.95), a char-broiled chicken sandwich, will satisfy hand-held carnivorous cravings. Uncle Bucky's almost-famous meatloaf with broccoli casserole ($12.95) or the wild snapper in a bag baked in parchment paper with crab meat, clams, and napa cabbage ($15.95) each satisfy homesick taste buds while serving as a distracting subject of small talk when the debate over the hunkiest state senators takes an awkward turn. If your vitamin-D deficiency has you down in the dumps, cheer up with a decadent dessert, such as the banana-pudding cheesecake ($4.95) or deep-fried favorites like golden, melty fried Reese's cups ($4.95) or Oreos ($4.95).
TAG focusses on running tennis programs for children and adults that emphasizes personal growth as well as competitive play. With an experienced staff, including a former player for the International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association, TAG crew help students master tennis by building their skills, no matter their baseline of athletic ability.
Greensboro Tennis Program spreads the gospel of competitive racket flailing by maintaining the courts and stewarding lessons, clinics, and tournament play over seven Greensboro tennis sites. Its staff of tennis masters presides over a thriving junior development program with more than 70 young baseliners that have a North Carolina State ranking, which can be attributed to instructors' success in teaching proper stroke technique, footwork, and changeover intimidation tactics. The Program also hosts clinics for adults and United States Tennis Association tournaments for players of all ages and abilities throughout the year.
In fast-paced matches, gals on the all-female, skater-owned Greensboro Roller Derby dash around the track, throwing hips and shoulders into opposing skaters in a full-contact race for the high score. In the booming sport of roller derby, teams sets up on a flat track, each positioning four blockers in front and a jammer close behind. Jammers dash forward while battling and dodging blockers, scoring one point for each blocker who is passed or hypnotized with a pocket watch. The sport rewards agility, speed, and wearing burly kneepads, as jammers face a gauntlet of menacing bumps, blocks, bear hugs, and grandmotherly cheek pinches on the road to victory. In the exciting November matchup, the Battleground Betties will defend their June victory against the Mad Dollies, who arrive amped up by a recent win in October, and December's championship match will pit the top two teams (TBD) against one another in a furious final bout. Despite the merciless skating techniques in play, the gals' good humor shows in their voluptuous costumes, outlandish alter-ego monikers, and jovial piledrivers.