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             On November 13, 2010 members of the MID-TAC Workforce attended the Opening Celebration of “Breaking the Barriers”, the traveling exhibit from the Black Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, showcasing the black tennis champions and pioneers in the development of black tennis in the United States. This exhibit and video was brought to Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School in Indianapolis, Indiana by the USTA Hamilton County Community Tennis Association hosted by Helen Moser Petersen. For generations Crispus Attucks has been attended by the family of James Garner of Capitol City Tennis Club, who assisted the newly formed MID-TAC Coaches and Instructors Committee with their informal meeting held at the high school before attending the exhibit.

             Participants were treated to the entire mural as developed by the Black Tennis Hall of Fame and displayed by the Crispus Attucks Museum Curator – Robert L. Chester. Also a 20 minute video interviewing many past great African American tennis players, sharing their experience in helping and witnessing “Breaking of Barriers” by themselves and others, was extremely moving and informative. There was a discussion time with George and Viola Taliaferro and juniors had on-court tennis clinics. 

MID-TAC is planning to show the video during the 2011 Annual Championship Tournament weekend for our players to become aware of the rich history of the American Tennis Association in the development of tennis in the United States.