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Billie Jean King

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Billie Jean King, tennis legend and member of The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition discusses the president's and first lady's agenda on national fitness as well as her tennis career. 

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Amy from Windsor Terrace

I have a question for Billie Jean King and the First Ladies "Let's Move" campaign.

I would like to know WHY the USTA did not come to the aid of working and middle class New York tennis enthusiasts and make a formal stand AGAINST Mayor Bloomberg's increase of public tennis court fees to $200 per season (doubling in one year)! This has made tennis prohibitive for many middle class New York families who love to use the public parks and to learn to play tennis. While my kids permit fees did not go up, it would cost my husband and I $400 to use PUBLIC courts for us to go and hit with the kids (or $30/hour). In this tight economy, that is a lot of money for most families and while I know Ms. King learned on a public court....that is not really happening anymore. (The free programs are at 6:00 in the morning!)

I am glad the USTA is working with Mrs. Obama and getting kids moving....but they purposely decided to NOT make a public statement against this increase even though many USTA members wrote and asked for help in fighting this regressive tax. Tennis is a great lifelong sport for kids to learn and do until their old age.

Thank you
Amy

Jun. 15 2011 11:45 AM

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