Pitt Club Tennis was founded in 2006, marking this past September as the 17th anniversary of our organization. Our 35-member co-ed team enjoys practicing several days a week all year round at Alpha Tennis and Fitness in Harmar Township. In both the fall and spring semesters, our team competes in USTA Tennis on Campus tournaments all over the East Coast (and primarily in the Middle States Section).
In the past year, our team has competed at some of Tennis on Campus' biggest tournaments, including a tournament in Toledo, OH. We also hosted our own tournament in the fall called the Panther Open, located at Schenley Park. Most importantly, we qualified for the Tennis on Campus Nationals Tournament!
This year, the 2023 Tennis on Campus National Tournament is being played in early spring. Sixty-four teams from across the country will travel to compete at the USTA National Campus. At this tournament, we get the opportunity to play against many teams from around the country who we would normally not play.
As anyone who participated on the Pitt Club Tennis team can attest, tournaments of this magnitude or any travel tournaments are unique and unbelievable experiences. We can meet new people, play competitive tennis, and most importantly, have loads of fun! We would love nothing more than to do it again.
Although we truly need as much support as possible to be able to travel to Nationals, we do quite a bit of fundraising as a team throughout the academic year. We had the opportunity to hold our fifth annual Pitt Panther Open which gave players in the Pitt community a chance to compete and try out for the team!
We have also fundraised by teaming up with local restaurants in Pittsburgh, as well as hosting events such as trivia night, a dodgeball tournament, etc. These fundraisers (in addition to team dues) have brought in enough money to finance most of our regular season expenses. We are now looking to fundraise for one of our largest expenses to date: Nationals. Any funds we raise in excess of our goal will go towards general season costs such as court time, tennis balls, etc.
Our team is excited to represent the University of Pittsburgh this year at the Tennis on Campus Nationals Tournament. Any amount of help to reach this goal is very much appreciated! Together, we can show everyone what Pitt is made of! Hail to Pitt!
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