SUN CITY CENTER - Why travel Hillsborough County playing competitive tennis during your retirement years?
"It makes me feel young again," said Betty Zeller. "I love it for the exercise and the competition."
The members of the Sun City Center Competitive Tennis Team are broken down into two traveling women's doubles teams that play throughout the county. The two teams play in A League of our Own Tennis, which includes 24 teams and three divisions, each with progressively higher skill levels. Often the competition is quite a bit younger.
"Tennis is a great game," said member Linda Smith. "I will be playing for many years to come, traveling to play other clubs and enjoying the competition."
Members of the CA may join for an annual fee of $10. An additional annual fee of $75 is required to join the Sun City Center Tennis Association, which includes use of the community's tennis courts throughout the year.
In addition to tournaments, the team enjoys social and community life, as well.
"Several of us have had an opportunity to volunteer at the local women's prisons," said member Nancy Williams. "This included tennis fun days, volleyball and softball competitions with the inmates, who appreciated our volunteer service. It's wonderful to help make a difference in the community."
For others, however, the club may be a sip of the waters of the fountain of youth.
"Tennis is a lifetime sport," said Trudy Saraniti. "Just look around at Sun City Center and you can see seniors of all ability levels playing tennis and having fun, maybe not moving as well as in past years but still hitting the ball with authority and enjoying the camaraderie and competition it provides."
For additional information, call Rolande Poulin, club president, at (813) 642-9762.
Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.