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MSU Denver, Denver Parks and Recreation Complete Pilot Urban Tennis Education Program

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Andy Schlichting, Office 303-556-3431, Cell 303-362-3219

Posted: September 25, 2013

WHAT: To break barriers and dispel the myth that tennis is a sport reserved for a select few, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation (CYTF), United States Tennis Association Colorado (USTA Colorado), and Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) introduced a pilot urban tennis program this fall for students of Greenlee Elementary School.

The three-week free program has been taking place twice a week at MSU Denver’s new athletic complex, which features eight tennis courts. Denver Parks and Rec Sports Tennis Coordinator Tobias Ortegon and MSU Denver Men's and Women's Head Tennis Coach Daniel Hangstefer provided coaching to the students.  MSU Denver student athletes coached mentored the children, and escorted them to and from their school, located just a few blocks south of the MSU Denver campus.

Those who attended at least five of the six sessions will receive free tennis rackets, donated by Subaru of America, partner of CYTF and USTA Colorado. The equipment, will give approximately 35 Greenlee students the opportunity to continue playing tennis outside the program. CYTF hopes to expand the program to other schools in the future.

WHY: The program is an urban initiative to ensure the predominantly low-income, Latino student population of Greenlee Elementary has access to extra-curricular tennis programs and resources necessary to participate. MSU Denver completed construction of its new tennis complex in August by redeveloping a portion of an urban brown field that had been vacant for years. The tennis initiative is just one of several community collaborations planned as part of the vision for the athletic facilities.


WHERE: Thursday, September 26, 2013, MSU Denver Tennis Courts

From Colfax Avenue – (turn north onto 7th Street, left at Curtis west, left at 5th Street south)

Event agenda:

Final Session (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Students receive rackets at 4 p.m. as part of informal presentation.


WHO:    Tobias Ortegon, citywide sports tennis coordinator of Denver Parks and Recreation

Kristy Harris, USTA Colorado community development director

Lisa Schaefer, USTA Colorado and CYTF associate executive director

John Qualls, MSU Denver tennis student athlete

Andy Hoffer, Greenlee Elementary physical education teacher





About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.