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Awards

The USTA Southern Section has a comprehensive awards program that annually recognizes excellence on and off the tennis court. Each year, award winners are honored at an awards luncheon held during the USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting in January.

The USTA Southern Section Awards Subcommittee accepts individual awards nominations. If you wish to submit a nomination for a Southern Award, it is best to contact your state office for direction.

Some award winners are not selected by the Awards Sub-Committe and therefore nomination forms are not available or accepted.

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2008 USTA Southern Section Annual Award Winners

Jacobs Bowl
The highest award presented by the USTA Southern Section, this award is presented to a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service to the USTA Southern Section.
Judy Utley, Greensboro, N.C.

Charlie B. Morris Jr. Service Award
Presented in memory of Charlie Morris to the volunteer who best exhibits exemplary volunteer spirit at the local, State, Sectional and/or National levels.
Vicki Everette, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Adult Tournament of the Year Award
Presented to a USTA sanctioned adult tournament in the Southern Section that has best demonstrated the high standards upheld by the USTA in organizing and conducting a sanctioned adult tournament. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
Louisiana Senior Mixed Doubles State Championship, Monroe, La.

Bill OzakiJunior Sportsmanship Award
Named to honor the work and dedication put in by Bill Ozaki, long-time Director of Junior Tennis for the USTA Southern Section, It is given to a junior player who best exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play and the finest traditions of the great sportsmen of tennis past and present.
Kate Fuller, Suwanee, Ga.

Charity Tennis Event of the Year Award
Presented to a tennis event that donates its proceeds to a philanthropic cause. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
Marion Harris American Cancer Society Adult Classic, Greenville, S.C.

DeWitt Redgrave III Junior Achievement Awards
Given in memory of DeWitt Redgrave, III, this award is presented to an outstanding Southern junior ranked in the boys and girls 18-and-under divisions, in recognition of their tennis performance and sportsmanship.
Ryan Lipman, Nashville, Tenn. (Also winner of the national 2008 Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award.)
Whitney Kay, Alpharetta, Ga.

Educational Merit Award
Recognizes an individual who has developed an outstanding tennis program, which provides leadership and inspiration in junior programs for schools, colleges, parks and playgrounds and benefits the growth of tennis in the USTA Southern Section. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
A's & Aces, New Orleans, La.

Gerrie Rothwell Award
Presented annually to a volunteer within the USTA Southern Section who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the USA League Tennis program. This award is given in honor of the late Gerrie Rothwell, former State League Coordinator of Arkansas.
Jerry Groce: Ashland, Ky.

Jr. Team Tennis Organizer of the Year
This inaugural award is presented to an individual in the USTA Southern Section who has been outstanding in the coordination of Jr. Team Tennis League play.
Michelle Hazelton, Fayetteville, Ga.

Junior Tournament of the Year Award
Presented to the USTA-sanctioned junior tournament in the Southern Section that best demonstrates the USTA and USTA Southern Section standards of organizing and conducting a sanctioned junior event. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
Wachovia Palmetto Championships, Belton, S.C.

Local League Coordinator of the Year Award
Presented annually to an individual in the USTA Southern Section who has been outstanding in the coordination of league play at the local level.
Ruth Anne Bendall, Birmingham, Ala.

Marc Kaplan Media Excellence Award
Presented to an individual or organization in the USTA Southern Section who has most contributed to the game of tennis by disseminating information about the sport to the general public. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
William "Bubba" Bussey, Birmingham, Ala.

Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award
This is the first year this award is being presented. Given annually to a staff member or volunteer who exemplifies extraordinary spirit in growing the game of tennis in the USTA Southern Section, the award is named for Marilyn Sherman, long-time USTA Southern Director of Adult Competition and Leagues and presently USTA Director of Flex Leagues.
Mary Lloyd Barbera, Greensboro, N.C.

Member Organization of the Year Award
Presented annually to a member organization in the USTA Southern Section to recognize outstanding service to the local community, to the organization members, and to the game of tennis. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee. In addition, the Southern winner is then submitted for USTA National award consideration.
The Chapel Hill Tennis Club, Carrboro, N.C.

Mickey McNulty Family of the Year
Given in memory of Judge Mickey McNulty, the award is presented annually to a family that resides in the USTA Southern Section that has been outstanding in its promotion of tennis. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee. In addition, the Southern winner is then submitted for USTA National award consideration.
The Larry & Susan Kline Family, Prospect, Ky. (Also winner of the USTA Family of the Year Award.)

NJTL Chapter of the Year Award
Presented annually to an NJTL Chapter within the USTA Southern Section that has demonstrated excellence in administration of its NJTL programs.
Mach Academy, Augusta, Ga.

President’s Recognition Award
Helen Jeter, Greer, S.C. and James "Bud" Spencer Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
(co-winners)

Slew Hester Adult Achievement Awards
Given in memory of past USTA Southern Section President William E. “Slew” Hester, this award is presented annually to a ranked male and female adult or senior player in the USTA Southern Section in recognition of their outstanding tennis performance.
Tom Smith, Alpharetta, Ga.
Fran Chandler, Jackson, Tenn.

Southern Tennis Professional of the Year
Presented annually to a tennis professional in the USTA Southern Section who demonstrates a significant contribution to the game of tennis through their promotion of the USA Tennis Programs and their support of the USTA Mission. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
Julio Godreau, Madison, Miss.

Special Tennis Event of the Year
Presented annually to a special tennis event in the USTA Southern Section that has been exemplary in the promotion and support of tennis. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
"Serving Up Aces" Pete Sampras vs. Todd Martin & Block Party, Columbus, Ga.

Team Tennis Event / Program of the Year
Presented annually to a USTA Southern Section event that best demonstrates outstanding execution of a team event. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
USTA SC Super Senior Doubles League State Championships, Isle of Palms, S.C.

Tennis Official of the Year Award
Presented annually to a tennis official who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of tennis officiating in the USTA Southern Section. The winner of this award is selected by the Awards Subcommittee.
Judi Bigg, Louisville, Ky.

Wheelchair Player of the Year Award
Awarded annually to a wheelchair player in the Southern Section who has shown outstanding on-court ability, sportsmanship and community service.
Wheelchair Player of the Year: Mackenzie Soldan, Louisville, Ky.

Wheelchair Tournament of the Year Award
Awarded annually to the sanctioned wheelchair tournament in the USTA Southern Section that best demonstrates the USTA and Southern Section standards of organizing and conducting a sanctioned wheelchair event.
Wheelchair Tournament of the Year: 22nd Annual Atlanta Open Wheelchair Championships, Dunwoody, Ga.

 


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