Tennis Central, formerly Lancaster Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. began as a grassroots organization in 1972. Initially, it was organized as the Lancaster Gold Cup, by Judy Levering and Keith Kendig. They created a junior development program for boys and girls 12 to 14 years old. In 1975, the name was changed to the Lancaster Tennis Patrons Cup. By 1980, the committee expanded and local tournaments were organized. From these beginnings, in 1982 Lancaster Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. (LTPA) was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation.
The Board of Tennis Central consists of twelve (12) members: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and eight (8) Board members at large. All members of the Board, including the officers are volunteers.
Read about how we make a difference in Tennis Central’s Case For Support.
A healthy community enriched by the lifetime sport of tennis.
Serving up opportunities to strengthen the community through tennis & education.
- Build character & confidence through tennis & education
- Teach lifetime skills through a lifetime sport
- Form partnerships that optimize community resources
- Foster an inclusive environment that emphasizes healthy competition
- Make tennis available to everyone
At Tennis Central, we promote and develop the sport of tennis in Lancaster County by offering programs, which teach lifetime skills through a lifetime sport that emphasize the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork, and provide opportunities for competition.
Tennis Central offers a variety of tennis programs for children ages 6 to 18. Additionally, we sponsor USTA sanctioned junior tournaments in age groups: 12,14,16, & 18, Junior Team Tennis Leagues, Early Development Camps, High School Sunday Nights Live and many other programs.
As a non-profit organization, Tennis Central is unique in that we are all volunteers, have no membership dues, and rely on grants, donations, and fees for revenue. The contributions of time, in kind and financial generosity of the Lancaster community and organizations at large assist us in serving underserved children in our programs. We are grateful for this support throughout our 30+ years of service to promote and grow tennis in Lancaster, PA.