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Entries in Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club (2)

Tuesday
Oct062015

Community Service is in Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club's DNA

By nature, people of all ages enjoy companionship, camaraderie, and shared experiences. It is in our DNA.  So, community service should be as well. For Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club (GATC) in Greenwood Village, Colorado, this has long been the case.

“Greenwood has been offering community service programs from the time the club was built,” says President and General Manager, Paula Neubert, “The club was originally working with a local hospital so community service was always part of our DNA.”

This decision to partner with a local hospital showed Greenwood that it was capable of working with others outside of a health club environment. Greenwood has since parted ways with the hospital, but the club has continued to use what it has learned from this experience to create and build upon its own program offerings for the past 28 years.

And during these 28 years, Greenwood has served local residents in the only way that it knows how - by offering a number of programs that virtually fit the needs of all community members.  

The Roadless Ride is one such event that unites all members of the local community under one common cause. This all-day Spinathon that GATC has been hosting since 2007 benefits Brent’s Place – a local charity that provides clean housing for children with cancer and their families. This past year, over 400 participants gathered at the club and chose from 11 unique Spinning classes to ride in, and 23 ambitious Century Riders even volunteered to participate in all 12 sessions. This event has become so popular, in fact, that all of the Spinning bikes used during this 12-hour day, sell out weeks in advance.

In 2014, $93,000 was raised to benefit this cause in just a single day, and Greenwood has no intention of stopping there. The goal is to raise $93,000 again this year.

Additionally, Greenwood has created another program that incorporates combined benefits for local residents – old and young. Twice a year, in August and December, Greenwood offers discounted enrollment fees to prospective members who are willing to donate a backpack filled with school supplies or a holiday gift to the local Boys and Girls Club of Denver. This program not only works to encourage members of the community to be active, but it also helps to meet the needs of a local charity that is giving back to children in need.   

Though these programs provide something for everyone in the community, GATC’s wide member base has also proven to be an issue.

“Our biggest challenge is picking which programs to offer,” says Neubert, “We get so many requests and we know with the giving staff and membership that we have, they would embrace anything we do. What we want to do is focus full attention on a few select programs versus offering too many that don’t get as much personal attention.”  

Greenwood has managed to find an equal balance between these components by being attentive to the needs of community members and being open to pursuing a variety of programming ideas and options.

Feedback from community members and offering these options has helped Greenwood grow as a business. But ultimately, creating these initiatives has given the club a “feel good” mentality that will be eternally bound to that original community service DNA. 

 

Tuesday
Apr162013

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club has much to offer

This is what you get when you are a member of Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club: 130 free classes a week, 101-square-foot athletic club, outdoor pool with heated deck, 12 tennis courts and 9 tennis professionals, among many other offerings.

Oh, and you also have the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the Denver-area’s most famous athletes. The current and former famous members include John Elway, Tim Tebow, Missy Franklin and Patrick Roy, to name a few.

This gives you enough reason to move to the Denver suburb of Greenwood Athletic Club and join.

For more, click here.