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Peralta Colleges Receive National Award on Behalf of the Laney Tennis Association

4 March 2016


At the Peralta College Board of Trustees meeting on February 23, 2016, Henry Chang, President of the Laney Tennis Association, presented the four-college district with the Association’s award for national recognition as “Organization of the Year” by the Northern California branch of the United States Tennis Association.

The Peralta Trustees welcomed the award and noted that previously, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor for the Peralta Community College District, was on hand to acknowledge the Laney Tennis Association’s award during the USTA Northern California 2016 “Awards Celebrating Excellence in Service (ACES) Luncheon” that took place on January 31, 2016, at the Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton, California.

A staple of the tennis community in Oakland and the surrounding area, Laney Tennis Association has grown from a small group of friends to hundreds of members. The association, housed at Laney College and College of Alameda, and directed by the husband-and-wife team of Henry and Connie Chang, embraces beginner-level members and works to keep tennis accessible to all who want to play. Laney Tennis Association is the embodiment of a community tennis association in its goal to create a close-knit, family atmosphere based on the benefit of playing tennis.

The pioneers of the Laney Tennis Association have grown the game of tennis through their coaching, specializing in beginners with good basics, and their love of the community in Oakland. Henry Chang, a former member of the Oakland City Council and former Vice Mayor of Oakland, along with his wife, Connie, who is Secretary/Treasurer keep growing Laney Tennis, creating new opportunities for its players, not only in developing their skills, but also using the game to travel abroad, stay healthy and, above all, create new friendships.

“This was a proud experience for all of us to have accepted the honor and to witness our District recognized for its work with the community,” said Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.

“I would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Chang for all that they have done for our colleges and our tennis players throughout our community. It is really an honor to have LTA as part of the Peralta Family,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

The Laney Tennis Association, which is a 501c3 Tax Exempt organization, recently moved to a new home at the College of Alameda while construction takes place at Laney College.  

The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.

USTA Northern California proudly honors those who work to promote and develop the game of tennis with the ACES, which are presented each year to celebrate players, program participants, volunteers and organizations for their continued commitment and service to tennis. The award for “Organization of the Year” is bestowed upon a USTA Nor Cal member organization for it’s service to the tennis community, for service to its own membership or constituency and for service to the game of tennis.

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