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2002 Tennis Teachers Conference Scholarship Winner

June 26, 2002 09:19 AM

USTA SERV and Multicultural Participation continues our partnership to provide scholarship funding of $1,000 to Multicultural Coaches to assist them with attending the 2002 USA Tennis National Tennis Teachers Conference and Arthur Ashe Kids Day events August 23- 27.

This year we have selected Bobbie Williams of Hammond, LA to represent the USTA Southern Section at this educational event. Ms. Williams will be among coaches from various regions taking advantage of the educational opportunity as well as the opportunity to be a part of Arthur Ashe Kids Day, which is televised nationwide on CBS.

Bobbie Williams is serving on the Board of Directors of the Hammond CTA and is the primary teaching instructor for the City of Hammond YMCA’s Tennis Program, which before last year did not offer any tennis programs. The Hammond YMCA Youth Tennis Program predominantly serves multi-cultural youth and in the past year Bobbie has been instrumental in working with the Boys and Girls Club in Hammond to introduce tennis to their members. This summer the YMCA is offering five separate low cost tennis programs for the youth in the Greater Hammond area.

Ms. Williams has encouraged promising youth tennis players she has instructed to enter local tournaments and has traveled to tournaments to “cheer them on” and provide motivation for them to continue their interest in the sport of tennis. She has become a mentor and motivator to the African American children in the community by introducing them to tennis in a “fun way” yet encouraging them to progress to the next level of tennis competition. The USTA Southern Section Multicultural Participation Committee is pleases to announce and congratulate Ms. Bobbie Williams on being awarded the 2002 USA Tennis Teachers Conference Scholarship.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and Olympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 152,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section's daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization's work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers.




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