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GSRC is closing Sunday, April 30, 2017, at noon

Today is Sunday, April 30, 2017 and at noon Green Spring Racquet Club (GSRC) will close its doors for ever. GSRC was built in 1975 and was the largest tennis facility in the mid-Atlantic. For the past 10 years I have been the General Manager and I thank you for your patronage and memories.

My proudest accomplishment was founding in 2012 the Green Spring Tennis and Educational Foundation (GSTEF), a 501(c)(3). My dream is we could build a new facility through GSTEF that would provide health and wellness through tennis for all people in our community. This dream could be a reality if GSTEF could find a donor of 1 million dollars.

GSTEF is a USTA Community Tennis Association and National Junior Tennis and Learning Center. I don’t think our community realizes the work GSTEF does. The biggest emphasis has been working with people with intellectual and physical disabilities. These programs have grown and without a new facility they will disappear. Participants of these programs were quite upset when we said our good-byes this past week.

Without a large facility like GSRC there will be a huge deficit for indoor tennis courts. Area public and private high schools, universities and colleges, thousands of USTA league players, junior tournament players, all age groups, people with disabilities, and future players will all be at a loss.

GSTEF is confident that it can acquire a tax-exempt bond that will cover a good portion of the cost of the new complex. GSTEF also has a renter lined up to help with cash flow at the new facility. Unfortunately GSTEF has no equity (cash), which is why we need one person or organization to make a donation of at least 1 million dollars to move forward. Once we get that donation, GSTEF will turn to the community to contribute to this project.

Below is a list of the GSTEF Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. Thank you all for your time and help.

Hopefully this will not be a final good-bye, but without a donor nothing can move forward in construction of a new tennis facility for our community.

Thank you,
Janet Paulsen, President/Founder GSTEF
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GSTEF Board of Directors

• Janet Paulsen, President and Founder, and General Manager of Green Spring Racquet Club
• Lynne Cramer, Vice President , Civil engineer
• Christine Heaphy, Secretary, Co-Owner of several local area restaurants
• Courtney Bruno, Treasurer, Certified USTA 10-And-Under Teaching Professional
• Stacy Hoffman, Board Member, Executive Director of the Rouben and Violet Jiji Foundation, and a member of the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Board of Advisors
• Gina Messersmith, Board Member

GSTEF Advisory Board

• Gill Wyle, President of Johns Hopkins Medical Management Corporation
• Paul Pare, Founder of Paul Pare Associates, Mechanical and Structural Engineer, and Architect
• Ted Peddy, President of Foxleigh Management Company
• Allan Brooks, Senior Trader/Alternative Investment at Royal Bank of Canada, and also a GSRC Tennis Professional
• Claude England, Master Tennis Pro, Director of Tennis, Woodholme Country Club
• Joey Atas, GSRC Director of Tennis GSRC Tennis, School Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counsellor (LCPC), and Tennis Coach at Calvert Hall College High School
• Matthew Townes, Head Tennis Coach at Morgan State University
• Bobby Van Allen, Head Track & Field Coach and Head Cross Country Coach at Johns Hopkins University
• Max Hernandev, Corporate Secretary, CAM Construction
• Bonnie Vona, USTA Mid-Atlantic Section Senior Manager of Junior Competition/Player Development
• Bill Riddle, PTR and USPTA Elite Tennis Professional, currently serves as the Director of Tennis for both Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville, TN, and Temple Hills Country Club in Franklin, TN
• Aaron Fox, Co-Founder and President of the Grips Tennis Company, Hollywood, CA, former ITF Player, and coach
• Robert Carpenter, Former President of the GSTEF Board of Directors, and President and CEO of Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors
• James F. Truitt, Jr, President, Tax Certificate Consultants, and former Assistant Attorney General of Maryland
• Jim Schmutz, President and CEO, Special Olympics Maryland
• Trevor Pryce, Former NFL Footbal Palyer with Baltmore Ravens, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, author, and creator of the animated series Kulipari: An Army of Frogs
• Rick Lobo, Principal of Risk Advisors insurance and risk management advisory and consulting services
• Luke Sinnen, Director, Hyperion EPM and Oracle BI Consulting Practice, SC&H Group