Dear UTM/UTA Employees, Families and Supporters;
Two weeks ago, we received word that the City of Atlanta was beginning negotiations with another vendor to operate the COA Tennis Centers. We don’t believe that this is in the best interest of the tennis players in the city, and we have heard you voice the same concerns. If you are ready to take the next steps to help us retain the City of Atlanta Tennis Centers, here are some of the ways you can help:
Sign a Petition
We have 4 petition options for you.
First, we have hard copies of 2 petitions at each UTM site. The first petition is for adults of legal voting age. They can sign the petition at the front desk to let the city know that they are happy with UTM’s management and would like to see us stay.
The second petition is for the parents of kids in our Programs. This petition
states that you are prepared to follow UTA to its new locations if we leave the
city tennis centers.
We have two online petition options for you as well
The first petition, which can be found at Change.org is for adults of voting age. If you can’t make it to the City sites this is the option for you. Hit on the following link to sign this petition:
The second petition is for the kids who are students in our programs at the City of Atlanta sites. It is also on Change.org and can be reached hitting on the following link:
Send Emails of Support
Below are the names of the Mayor of Atlanta, the Atlanta City Council members, and Parks and Recreation and Procurement officials. We would ask that you send an email in support of UTM to this group of people.
We would suggest that you address it, “Dear Mayor Bottoms, City Council Members, and DPRCA Officials;”
We ask that you speak of your personal experiences at the centers managed by UTM. If you want ideas here are a few of the highlights from the past 9 plus years.
- UTM kept the COA sites open when they were scheduled to close in 2009
- UTA Junior Academy currently serves over 600 juniors at the COA centers, many of whom will follow UTA wherever they go.
- UTM has significantly upgraded the quality and quantity of instruction at the COA sites with world class instructors, and almost all pros have committed to follow the UTM partners if they leave the city centers
You may cut and paste all of the email addresses listed below into your email to save you some time! If you know anyone on this list you may want to send
a personal email to that individual. Following are the people you will be
reaching and below that are the email addresses.
Keisha Lance Bottoms (Mayor)
Council President: Felicia Moore
District 1: Carla Smith
District 2: Amir Farokhi
District 3: Currently vacant
District 4: Cleta Winslow
District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong
District 6: Jennifer Ide
District 7: Howard Shook
District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit
District 9: Dustin Hillis
District 10: Andrea Boone
District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet
District 12: Joyce Sheperd
At Large: Michael Julian Bond
At Large: Matt Westmoreland
At Large: Andre Dickens
John Dargle (Parks & Recreation commissioner)
Doug Voss (Director of Parks)
Pass this on to others who know what UTM is doing at the City Sites!
Keep beating the drum! We want the City Council to know that their potential action is not best for the tennis players in Atlanta. We have been serving the enters for over 9 years and have increased participation every year. That was the goal the city gave us in 2009, and we have accomplished that mission and more.
P.S. Checkout this wonderful video some of our kids created on their own!