MID-TAC is a 501(c)3 organization and the Midwest Section of the American Tennis Association ("ATA" founded in 1916) and has ties to local community tennis in ten Midwestern States (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and beyond). We offer year-round opportunity to support MID-TAC by making on line Donations or becoming a Sponsor. All donations and sponsorships will be properly acknowledged. Please view details under the above "Donate" and "Sponsorship" tabs. We look forward to your support and continuing to grow the game of tennis.
 
















  
Press Release Dated June 22, 2016 - OUR GLORIOUS DAYS!!!

                                         The Midwestern Tennis Association ("MID-TAC")
                                               Celebrates 93 Years of Tournament Play

An interesting thing happened while the Executive Board of the Midwestern Tennis Association ("MID-TAC") was doing research in preparation of the organization's 60th Anniversary celebration. Members learned the organization's history dates back even further by more than 30 years.

An August 21, 1926 Chicago National Defender [newspaper] article reported that the Annual "Western" Tennis Association Championship was being held in Chicago, Illinois. Other articles stated that two prior championships were held in Wilberforce, Ohio. From the found history, it was also learned that around 1929 the organization's name was changed from the Western Tennis Association to the Midwestern Tennis Association. Later, the tournament adopted its abbreviated name MID-TAC. 

"We are thrilled to learn that our roots are even deeper than we thought," said Margaret Dorsey, MID-TAC President. "We have always known that MID-TAC and the support it provides was intricate to the development of African-American tennis and its players. The achievements of former MID-TAC players such as Donald Young (tennis professional ranked at No. 38), Katrina Adams (current USTA National President) and other outstanding collegiate players are part of a rich legacy of tennis history in the Midwest."

To acknowledge that history, MID-TAC has submitted a display to be included in the American Tennis Association (ATA) Historical Exhibit at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center for the ATA's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the monts of July and August. "The exhibit is our way of honoring our past and inspiring a new generation of tennis enthusiasts," said Dorsey. [MID-TAC's original beginnings were in Chicago, IL through the involvement of Mother Mary Ann Seames and others]. "The MID-TAC Executive Board and 2016 Tournament Committee Members worked diligently to ensure that this year's Annual Championship Tournament will be a huge success."

This year's tournament will also recognize the following 15 "MID-TAC Living Legends" - aged 70 and over who will be playing in the 2016 Annual Championship Tournament or have been actively involved in the organization's history for more than 20 years. [Below are only a portion of the Living Legends that will be recognizaed over the next several years by MID-TAC].

  
Marcus Barber, Louisville, KY

Chris Barton, Harvey, IL


Jack Barton, Sr., Crete, IL


Howard Bolling, Crete, IL


Ollen Dupree, Bowie, MD


Marcus Freeman, Dallas, TX


Nancy Gilbert, Cleveland, OH


Sylvia Jackson, Chicago, IL


Phil Lucas, Capital Heights, MD


Carl Mimms, Tampa, FL


Chuck Neal, Chicago, IL


Ethel Parker, Toledo, OH


Lee Smith, Glen Dale, MD


Rodney Stennis, Memphis, TN

Arvel Turner, Memphis, TN

1st included in Hall of Fame (Deceased) - Richard Bradley, Chicago, IL


Please send request for copy of the entire Press Release to: midtactennis@gmail.com.
  

MORE ABOUT MID-TAC:

MID-TAC is the Midwest Section of the American Tennis Association ("ATA" founded in 1916) and has ties to local community tennis organizations in ten Midwestern States (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Member Clubs pay annual dues and have a voice in MID-TAC's development and direction. MID-TAC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and all of its officers and committees are volunteers. MID-TAC maintains a positive view toward the family and our community while providing support to our current fifteen (15) Member Clubs. Please select the "Member Clubs" tab above to get details on each 2016 Member Club.
 
The Chicago Defender, originally an African American National Newspaper, reported in an August 21, 1926 article that the 3rd Annual Western Tennis Championship was held in Chicago, Illinois. The 1st “Western” Tennis Association Championship was played in 1924 in Wilberforce, Ohio. The name changed to Midwestern Tennis Association by 1929 and later to MID-TAC. MID-TAC’s original beginnings were in Chicago, Illinois through the involvement of Mother Mary Ann Seames and others. 2016 was, therefore, MID-TAC’s official 93rd Tournament Year.


MID-TAC has submitted an Exhibit to be included in the ATA Historical Exhibit at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center for the ATA's 100th Year Anniversary in Fort Lauderdale, FL during the  months of July and August. A picture of Mother Seames, her obituary and the Mother Seames Trophy are a part of the Exhibit. We also duplicated portions of that Exhibit for the 2016 Tournament Championships. We also recognized what we deemed to be "MID-TAC Living Legends" who were playing in or attending this year's Championships and in the age group of at least 70.

 
In addition, as a long term project, MID-TAC has added several other identified "Living Legends" names to the newly added "Living Legends Section" of our website, as well as added names of identified deceased individuals to the "Hall of Fame (Deceased)" Section.
Please select the "Home" tab above for the dropdown menu to see the alphabetized names we have identified so far.

Names, details and corrections can be and will be made to the Sections as they are discovered. More details will be added under all names in both Sections of the website as they are given to us. [The website and these sections are still Under Construction].



2016 TOURNAMENT WEEKEND REVIEW:

The host hotel was the Indianapolis Marriott North, and tournament sites were North Central High School for juniors, adults and NTRP and Carmel Clay Courts for seniors. MID-TAC invited players from around the country to play in our Annual Championship Tournament and welcomed past players and many new players who had never played MID-TAC. The 258+ players played in 54 divisions over the three day weekend. Saturday weather was beautiful and allowed our Tournament Director, Jack Barton, Jr. of Matteson, IL to dwindle the draws down to the quarter finals. However, on Sunday and Monday we were met with rain for both days.
 
Each Championship begins with Check-In Night at the host hotel with free refreshments, a goody bag and the chance for players to get reacquainted and/or meet other players for the first time. MID-TAC generally  conducts a "Parent/Junior Player Orientation" during Registration to inform junior players, their parents and coaches on how to get the most out of their tournament experience with us but this year MID-TAC showed a historical video "Breaking the Barriers with a short discussion afterwards and displayed artifacts and newspaper articles presenting "Our Glorious Days" history dating back to 1924.


MID-TAC sponsored "free" junior and adult parties on the second night of the tournament weekend with dj's for dancing, food for juniors, snacks for adults with a cash bar and a free raffle for juniors and $1.00 raffle for adults. 19 Junior Scholarships were awarded during the Junior Party and 15 "MID-TAC Living Legends" were recognized during the Adult Party. Our Glorious Days Exhibit was also reconstructed for players and guests to take another look at the artifacts and news articles that had been accumulated.  
 
MID-TAC has a core of supportive adult players and a growing Opens Division Prize Money and junior development grouping who took full part in the Championship weekend. We also enjoyed the help of over twenty volunteers who worked the entire weekend as Site Directors, Site Director Assistants, Check-In Night organizers, assisting with juniors in the 10under division, getting ice, bananas and other assistance that's needed for a tournament of this size and duration. Heartfelt thanks to all of them!!
 
The MID-TAC 2016 Annual Championship Tournament was a major success!! Plans are already in place to increase the Prize Money Divisions for 2017 as well as showcase more of those matches. 


Plan to join us June 30 to July 3, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana!!

MID-TAC Executive Board

  
REMINDERS & UPDATES!!
 
 
 
Again, courtesy of Black Tennis Magazine, please enjoy the free on line copy of the December 2015 issue. See Midwestern Tennis Association Holiday Greeting on page 17! [ click here]
  

 
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