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2007 Award - Local League Coordinator of the Year Award

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.

Burt Fowles
Columbia, SC
Thirty years ago Burt Fowles entered the world of tennis in the Southern Section when he signed up as a player in the Columbia Tennis League. His passion and dedication continued to grow and in 1986, after serving as his team captain for a decade, he became Local League Coordinator for the area.

Eighteen years later, Fowles developed arthritis and was forced to stop his competitive tennis career, but that didn’t bring an end to his role as LLC. The love of this sport made the job even more enjoyable and satisfying.

The patience, kindness, and countless hours of direction given by Fowles has made the Columbia Tennis League the success it is today. Currently, it ranks as the third largest league in the Southern Section and is one of the most successful in the nation when compared to other cities with similar populations. The passion Fowles has for league tennis has been his motivation through the years and he finds the most rewarding aspect of his position as being able to see the league grow and prosper.

After 21 years, Fowles retired but with his love and dedication for the sport he and his family may still be found helping out around the courts. The Fowles/Britt families were awarded the South Carolina and the Southern Tennis Association Family of the Year in 2005.

"His contributions and service to our league program have helped make our leagues number one in USTA," added Mary Goins, South Carolina State League Coordinator. "We will miss him greatly. I want to personally thank him for all that he has accomplished and for his contributions to our tennis world."

Other nominees include: Jeff Burns, AL; Iris Ham, NC; John Crenshaw, GA; Betty Byars, MS; Barbara Fisher, LA.



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