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2010 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 ceremony held during the USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting in January.
 
The USTA Southern Section Awards Committee accepts individual award nominations. The nomination process is open to volunteers and staffers of USTA Southern and its nine states. Nominations are not accepted from just Southern Section members. If you are a member of the Section with an award recommendation, please contact your state office for direction. Volunteers and staffers of USTA Southern and its nine states with questions on submitting a nomination, please contact Gina Marano at 770-368-8200 or marano@sta.usta.com. Certain award winners are not selected by the Awards Committee and therefore those nomination forms are not available or accepted.
 

2010 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.
Rex Maynard; Belton, S.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.
Roy Barth; Charleston, S.C.

Adult Tournament of the Year
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.
LATA Sunburn Open; Lexington, S.C.

Bill Ozaki Junior 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.
Molly O’Koniewski; Hilton Head Island, 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.
Maxx Lipman; Nashville, Tenn.
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.
Phyllis Greene, After School Tennis & Education Program; Savannah, Ga.

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.
B.J. Johnson; Metairie, La

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.
Julie Dick, Georgetown Tennis Assoc.; Georgetown, Ky.

Junior Tournament of the Year
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.
Olde Forest Junior Open; Elon College, N.C.

Local League Coordinator of the Year
Presented annually to an individual in the USTA Southern Section who has been outstanding in the coordination of league play at the local level.
Paul Fultz; Bartlett, Tenn.

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.
Mike Saia, Family Circle Tennis Center; Charleston, S.C.

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 Goins; Easley, SC

Member Organization of the Year
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.
Olde Providence Racquet Club; Charlotte, 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 John Illges IV Family; Columbus, Ga.

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.
Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation; Atlanta, Ga.

President’s Recognition Award 
Jeff Chandley; Atlanta, Ga.

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.

Joe Roberts; Greenville, S.C.
Burnett Herrick; Tarboro, N.C.

 

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.
Shane Wells, North Hills Club; Raleigh, N.C.

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.
St. Vincent Auxiliary Tour de Paul; Little Rock, Ark.

Team Tennis Event 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 Southern Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships; Scott Novak, Mobile, Ala.

 

Tennis Official of the Year
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.
Lee France, Cypress Hills Tennis Club; Greenville, Miss.

Tennis On Campus Club of the Year
Presented to club that has made significant contributions to the USTA Tennis On Campus program on its campus.
University of Tennessee; Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year

Presented to leader that has made significant contributions to the USTA Tennis On Campus program on his/her campus.

Melissa Argo, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Charlotte, N.C.

 

Wheelchair Player of the Year
Awarded annually to a wheelchair player in the Southern Section who has shown outstanding on-court ability, sportsmanship and community service.
Bob Masella; Columbia, S.C

Wheelchair Tournament of the Year
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.
The Geranium Festival; McDonough, Ga.

 


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