Kevin Caccia purchased the Asheboro Racquet and Swim Club with the idea of developing a regional tennis center at the facility, which opened more than 30 years ago.
In his previous role as Tennis Pro at the Camden Country Club in South Carolina, he was selected by the US Professional Tennis Association as the 2020 Southern Teaching Pro of the year.
After just four months, his vision is beginning to take shape.
Some 35 beginners aged 4 through high school age have joined a 10-week fall program of lessons and clinics. They will be able to play the game at a beginner level after about 2 weeks and to play in beginner leagues by next summer.
After that, developmental programs will be available to take them as far as they want to go — recreational play, high school teams, maybe on to Division 1 College Tennis for some.
There’s also a “Try Tennis” program for adult beginners — an affordable opportunity for anyone who wants to learn the basics. The $40 fee pays for 6 beginner clinics and a suitable racquet. After those sessions, beginners can join the club or begin playing wherever they prefer.
The idea is to build interest in the sport. When there are more players of all ages, the club will succeed, and more people will have a healthy hobby that can last a lifetime. It’s a regional club with members from as far away as Montgomery and Forsyth counties but the focal point is Randolph County.
Caccia has expanded his passion for tennis to include a swimming program at the club’s pool, which includes two diving boards, a spiral slide and a kiddy pool. Next summer, he plans to add swim camps and tennis camps for children. They will have lessons in the chosen sport and can then relax at the pool with friends if they want.
Another emerging game will be pickleball, with two courts available.
The family recreation aspect of the club is important to Caccia. There’s a shelter house with ping pong, foosball, cornhole and picnic tables adjacent to the pool. Members can reserve the pool and pavilion for birthday parties or other special events.
The grass field near the pool is a place for tossing frisbees, pickup soccer or whatever else the kids dream up. Caccia noted that members and their families form bonds of friendship that extend beyond the club to include entire families.
Caccia’s vision is a welcoming, family-oriented club that provides opportunities for healthy exercise and skill development to whatever level an individual wants to pursue. Membership information is available at www.Asheboroclub.com. The club is located at 1988 Berkley Lane, Asheboro.