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Stephanie Soler - New USTA WY President

"Stephanie Soler is an engaged resident of the great state of Wyoming and we are thrilled to have her as the new President of the USTA Wyoming Board of Directors, " says Dave Boon, USTA WY Executive Director.  Stephanie moved to Gillette, WY in 2009 and then settled in Casper in 2011.  She loves the people of Wyoming and especially the small town atmosphere here in the west.  She has been active on the Wyoming Board of the USTA since 2010.  Stephanie played high school tennis in Jupiter, FL.  She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B. A. in Chemistry and she is completing the final requirements to graduate with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Creighton University, in May, 2015

“I am very excited about the future of tennis in the great state of Wyoming!  I believe the spectacular new facilities constructed in Cheyenne, Cody, Gillette and Laramie provides a space where people can connect on the court and in life.  It is wonderful that we have indoor tennis facilities in many areas of the state, which allows players to have year round access to tennis courts which is critical to sustaining player development.  Furthermore, any gymnasium can be turned into a tennis center with the use of 10 and under tennis.  This is a program with smaller courts, racquets and lower compression balls.  Literally, 10 and Under Tennis, makes the game “child’s play.”  In a thirty minute session, children can get the feel of the game while learning sportsmanship and collaboration.  For the more competitive youth players, tournaments and Junior Team Tennis provide a venue to hone skills and show off their best effort.  It is so exciting that we have excellent teaching professionals equipped with the 10 and Under Tennis skills to help children get on track for success and fun!  High School tennis is a great way for students to be active in the late summer and fall.  Whether the student’s preference is singles or doubles, the opportunity to play is available at almost every high school in the state. 

USTA Wyoming has tournament play to sharpen the game of players of all ages and abilities.  From novice tournaments to sectional tournaments, Wyoming tournaments can get you on the court and improve your game.  Leagues are also a great way to have more fun and play more consistently.  The value of having dates and times to be on the court is that players are more committed.  League players play more often than non-league players and they build valuable relationships with their teammates.  For young adult players, Tennis on Campus provides a venue on the Wyoming University campus where players can get together and have a good time staying fit.  The University of Wyoming Cowgirls Tennis Team is an outstanding women’s Division I varsity team.  The excellent coaching staff and beautiful tennis facility add to the wonderful experience of college tennis in Wyoming.

The National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter takes on a hometown feel at the University of Wyoming each week as students gather to play and enhance their mathematics and literacy skills as well.  This program has been thriving for about a year.  It provides the opportunity for elementary and middle aged school children to put on their tennis shoes and get on the court.  After some tennis, students receive valuable tutoring and have FUN working on mathematics and literacy activities with the new USTA A.C.E. curriculum.  This program serves as a brilliant example of the impact a few committed volunteers can make in the lives of children.”