Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis

Dates Active

2007 – Present

Our Role

Barbara Howell lead the fundraising efforts for the renovation of the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. Actions included sending quarterly newsletters, grant writing, a direct mail campaign, a promotional video, and community-based fundraising events.

As a result, hundreds of community members, as well as the City of Atlanta, contributed toward the building’s renovation costs (an estimated $1.3 million). Fundraising was completed in early 2011, and construction on the Center wrapped up in July 2011.

Today, BH&A continues to consult on the tennis center’s development & fundraising efforts. Recent BH&A contributions include a donated WordPress website, email marketing, and event planning, including the production of the Bitsy Grant’s 60th Anniversary Party and fundraiser.

What They Say

Barbara is dynamite! Smart, creative, persistent, diligent. She is always coming up with new, fun ideas, and delivers every time with first-class service. Tennis players across Atlanta owe much to Barbara’s tireless efforts.

– Greg Mauldin, former Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis Board President

About the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis

The Bitsy Grant Tennis Center is a historic tennis facility located in Atlanta Memorial Park. Famous patrons have included Arthur Ashe, Tony Trabert, Chuck McKinley, and Charlie Pasarell, as well as local greats like Ned Neely, Horace Reid, and Crawford Henry.

Volunteers have played an important part at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center since its inception in 1952. When the tennis center fell into disrepair in the 1970s, community volunteers formed the Bitsy Grant Tennis Association, Inc. to improve it. In 2004, that group became the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis (FoBGT), an independent 501(c)(3) that now maintains the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in collaboration with the City of Atlanta.

Bitsy Grant Tennis Center Rendering
Lord, Aeck & Sargent rendering of the new tennis center.
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center Opening
The new tennis center’s opening ceremony.
Barbara Howell at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center Opening
Barbara Howell at the building opening.