Seeking to coordinate tennis activities and promote the sport in White Bear Lake, Alan Haskins has created a website and will host an event called Tennis Day on July 20.
“I love tennis, and I play all year. I want to turn up the volume on tennis in the community,” said Haskins, owner of a marketing firm. He is working with about a dozen tennis moms on this project.
The website — wbltennis.org —has been launched as a “one-stop resource for local tennis,” Haskins announced. The bulk of the content is resources for people looking to get into tennis.
Haskins, who was captain of his high school team at Minnetonka, and has a daughter who plays, designed tee-shirts and logos for the organization. He also wants to play up the social aspects of tennis, and to bring together the various levels of tennis players and coaches in the community.
Tennis Day will be held at the Central Middle School courts from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers from the high school team will organize tennis-related games for kids. There will be tents for tennis-related businesses and trainers. The USTA will be represented. The city recreation department has been enlisted as a partner.