If you thought tennis was simply a game to help people keep in shape or to provide entertainment, there‚Äôs a lot you don‚Äôt know about tennis, according to Barbara Wyatt. She will explain the history of the game as well as the origins of the Lakewood Racquet Club at a meeting of the Lakewood Historical Society Tuesday, Aug. 19 at the Racquet Club.
The free session is open to the public and following the talk a tour of the club will be available. The program, ‚ÄúThe History of Tennis at the Lakewood Racquet Club ‚Ä¶ and the World,‚Äù will start at 7 pm. The program is free but seating is limited to 50 people.
Wyatt will present the history of tennis from its origins in French monasteries through current day Lakewood. ‚ÄúTennis has directly, and indirectly, caused the deaths of kings that changed a nation, altered the role of women in sports and – even in little ‚Äòole Lakewood – provided insight for a microchip inventor,‚Äù she explained. ‚ÄúThis is a view of history through the fuzz on the felt of the tennis ball.‚Äù
The presentation is a fascinating program showing the tennis perspective of world history. The program begins with the story of medieval French monks playing tennis, the growth of the game through Europe and finally its start in the Pacific Northwest by the late 1800s. Wyatt shows how a few dedicated Lakewood residents achieved their vision to create a multi-million dollar facility that has served families for nearly 50 years.¬†
Wyatt is CEO of Polygraph Reporter, a company providing software for polygraph examiners. She is a freelance writer and photographer in her spare time. Wyatt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Kentucky, Master of Science from Syracuse University and a Certificate of Higher Learning from the University of Bristol, England.
The program is one of the monthly presentations sponsored by the Lakewood Historical Society whose mission is to identify, preserve and perpetuate Lakewood’s history through educational programs, preservation and exhibits that celebrate the sites and people of Lakewood and its role in the development of the Pacific Northwest.
Lakewood Racquet and Sports Club provides a family-friendly tennis and fitness facility at a reasonable rate.¬† The club promotes the social and physical well-being of its members by maintaining programs for all ages and levels of play. A member of the Pacific Northwest Tennis Association, the club has indoor and outdoor tennis courts, exercise equipment, swimming pool, tennis shop, lounge area, kitchen facilities, adequate parking and a closed-circuit TV security system. ¬†