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Columbus Regional Tennis Association Named 2002 USTA Member Organization of the Year

March 12, 2002 01:42 PM

White Plains, N.Y. -- The USTA has named the Columbus Regional Tennis Association (CORTA) the 2002 USTA Member Organization of the Year. The USTA will present the annual award, given to organizations that provide outstanding service to its members and the local community, to CORTA on Tuesday, March 26 during the USTA Annual Meeting at the Marco Island Marriott Resort on Marco Island, Fla.

CORTA actively develops local tennis with the Columbus Park and Recreation Department.

Since its inception in 1952, CORTA has been dedicated and committed to helping the USTA grow tennis in Columbus and throughout the state of Georgia. Despite its relatively small population base of 2000, CORTA has the ninth largest Community Tennis Association (CTA) player participation base in the USTA Southern Section. The USTA Southern Section, which is the largest of the 17 USTA sections, is comprised of nine states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

With over 5,000 total adult and junior members, CORTA seeks to promote the development of tennis as a means of healthy recreation and lifelong physical fitness. CORTA runs many programs out of the Cooper Creek Tennis Park, a 2001 USTA Facility of the Year award winner.

"CORTA fits the definition of a ‘USTA Member Organization of the Year’ perfectly," said Merv Heller, President and Chairman of the USTA board. "They have excelled in every facet of tennis, from developing the largest clay court complex in the south, to running outstanding adult and youth USA Tennis Programs. They have truly delivered on the mission ‘promote and develop the growth of tennis."

"We are so honored and excited to have been named the 2002 USTA Member Organization of the Year," said Kim Jinks, president of CORTA. "This is real validation for our staff and working board, who continue to develop and support innovative programs for all sectors of our community."

CORTA actively develops local tennis with the Columbus Park and Recreation Department, securing the availability of public and private tennis facilities for amateur tournaments and hosting several prestigious Southern and Georgia Tennis Association tournaments. Host of the GTA Senior State Championships, the Southern Senior Cup and the Southern Open 16s, CORTA provides courts to the general public for instructional clinics and daily interscholastic play.

The United States Tennis Association owns and stages the US Open and selects the teams that represent the United States in Davis Cup and Fed Cup competition and at the Olympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and is a non-profit organization with more than 640,000 members. It invests all of its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.




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