Senior athlete thanks Juneau

Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2009

At age 91, health issues and lack of access to ranked players in my age group have unfortunately brought an end to my days of playing competitive tennis. Tennis has been a wonderful sport for me throughout the years and I value all the friendships I have made and the experiences I have had.

I've played tennis in eight states and 14 countries, and received national rankings in all the senior age groups from 60 through 85. Highlights for me were being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Pacific Northwest Division of the United States Tennis Association in 2003, and having the tennis courts at Cope Park named in my honor. These things were made possible by the good health, athletic ability and determination with which I have been blessed, and by the support of my family and many of you in the community of Juneau.

I am hopeful that we will see continued development of tennis programs in Juneau, especially for our youth. The high school tennis team is a great addition to the other sports opportunities offered. As I can attest, tennis can be enjoyed by many people unable to participation in sports like basketball, football and baseball in their later years. I encourage continued support for local tennis programs and the construction and maintenance of tennis facilities in Juneau.

Thanks again to all of you who have encouraged me through the years. I look forward to continuing to play tennis on a recreational level, as long as I am able, as I continue to support the tennis community in Juneau.

Dean Williams


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