November 15, 2010

Bette Turner is Our MVP

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 7:47 pm

Sr banquet and farmers market 001.JPGDoyle Blasingame presents Bette Turner with MVP award (click photo to enlarge).

When Doyle Blasingame looked at all those who made significant contributions to the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics in 2010, he found himself in a quandry.

Bette Turner, the organization’s treasurer and secretary had a very good year. But Bette had won just about every award the organization had to offer in past years and in 2010 she just kept scaling new heights. “I had to come up with something new,” Blasingame, the District’s coordinator said. So he created a new award–the Most Valuable Player  trophy.

And the winner is Bette Turner.

Her work with our data base and with our bookkeeping was top notch, Blasingame said as he presented Bette with the award at the dinner and dance to close out the competitive schedule. Bette also opened doors to new sponsors through the year, instrumental in bringing in gifts from Willis Knighton Health System  and State Farm Insurance to finance new shuffleboard courts, and obtaining a sponsorship from Horseshoe Casino & Hotel.

“Those were the major gifts of 2010, but she also was there manning the registration table and scoring events, and interesting her church’s choir to perform at our opening ceremonies,” Blasingame pointed out. “The name MVP just fits Bette Turner to a T,” he added.

CTA Enhances Tennis Support in Sr. Olympics

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 4:09 pm

gumbo tennis 0101.JPGDavid Kimball (left), CTA president, with Gerry Robichaux, representing the District Olympics (click photo to enlarge).

The Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association (CTA) has agreed to enlarge its support of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics tennis competition.

The CTA board of directors, composed of area tennis professionals and tennis enthusiasts, voted to become the presenter of the annual tennis competition which is one of 23 sports or games offered during the District Olympics. David Kimball, CTA president, and Gerry Robichaux, representing the District Olympics (left and right above) worked up a proposal for the CTA board. It was officially accepted at the CTA’s November meeting. Under the proposal, the CTA will include the Senior Olympics dates in its yearly calendar and will provide expertise in tournament conduct. In years past, the CTA provided balls for the competition and that will continue under the new agreement.

“Our aim is to encourage tennis play for all ages,” said Kimball, professional at Southern Hills Tennis Center. “This is a chance to reach outside the established USTA circles to help the Senior Olympics in its effort to encourage play among seniors.”

“We welcome the CTA as the official presenter of our tennis competition and we know it will enhance the event,” Robichaux said. “This is a big step forward for us.”

The  19th renewal of the NW La. District Olympics will run between April 1 and May 21. The tournament will be held April 1-10 at the newly expanded Bossier Tennis Complex, 4440 Benton Road. Medal winners will be determined in doubles, mixed doubles and singles.

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