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Mickey McNulty Family of the Year Award Winner

December 18, 2002 02:55 PM

The Robert and Debra Skinner Family
Fort Smith, AR

It must be something in the water that fosters the love of the game. For the second year in a row the Mickey McNulty Family of the Year award is being presented to a family from Fort Smith, AR. Following in the footsteps of friends, and last year’s winner, Randy and Leslie Jackson, the Skinners have demonstrated a propensity for giving back to the game. Robert and Debra, along with their three children, Lisa, 15, Lesley, 12, and Lindsey, 10, have been heavily involved in Fort Smith tennis for many years.

While not a dominant junior player, Robert did earn various state singles and doubles rankings in the 14s-18s and was the Arkansas State High School Singles Champion in 1975. Robert is a practicing dentist and while at LSU he established and chaired the LSA School of Dentistry Tennis Championships. He has participated in USA League Tennis at the 4.5 and 5.0 levels the past 16 years, advancing to Sectionals three times. Off the court, he has assisted at the Mercy Celebrity Classic for the past three years. He has served as President of the Western Arkansas Tennis Association Board since 2001 and was the Vice President in 2000. He is committed to developing junior programs and has initiated the development of junior high school tennis in the Fort Smith area. He also sits on the Arkansas Tennis Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness and the Creekmore Park Tennis Development committee.

Debra was not an active player as a junior, but she has enjoyed USA League Tennis for five years, competing in the Arkansas State Championships in 1998 and 2002. She also plays on a Mixed Doubles team and has captained the Combo Doubles team for the past two years. Debra has volunteered at the AR Senior State Playoffs and has served as a local league coordinator in each of the past two years. She is also an enthusiastic coach of youth USA Team Tennis.

Lisa, 15, Lesley, 12, and Lindsey, 10 are all very active in the game and are showing some real talent. Lisa has been a top-ten ranked player in Arkansas in the 12’s, 14’s and 16’s and is ranked #2 in the 18’s. She has competed in Junior Davis/Fed Cup in each of the last three years and plays USA Team Tennis. Lisa has proven herself off the court as well, as she is a member of the Junior National Honor Society, is a Duke TIPS Scholar and is President of the Trinity Service Club.

Lesley enjoys taking lessons and participating in clinics at the Sparks Athletic Club. She is also ranked #26 in the Arkansas 12’s Open division. Away from the court Lesley is a strong student and, like her sister Lisa, is a Duke TIPS Scholar.

Lindsey, the youngest of the three daughters, is showing tremendous promise both on and off the court. She is ranked #8 in the 12’s Novice division and #4 in the 14’s Novice division. She has also been an active USA Team Tennis participant. Finally, Lindsey has volunteered time during the summers to work USA Team Tennis clinics.

Like all previous Fort Smith, AR Family of the Year Award winners, the Skinners are a tennis-loving group who has worked hard to give back to the game that has brought so much happiness into their lives. Hopefully more families – outside of Fort Smith – will follow the Skinner’s example.

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