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Louisiana's Yvette Marshall and Vicki Owen Named to USTA All-American Team

December 17, 2003 02:09 PM

The USTA announced its 2003 USA Tennis All-American Team, recognizing 27 tennis teachers from across the nation who have excelled in implementing the USTA’s local USA Tennis programs for people of all ages and abilities. Included on the list are Yvette Marshall, of Denham Springs, LA and Vicki Owen, of Shreveport, LA.

These volunteer and paid tennis enthusiasts represent tennis centers, athletic clubs, community parks, schools and tennis associations from coast to coast. Representatives from the USTA’s 17 regional sections nominated members for the USA Tennis All-American Team, designating them as leaders in tennis programming.

Marshall, who works for the Greater Baton Rouge CTA, and Owen, from the Northwest CTA, have both successfully organized USA Tennis programs in their respective communities and have helped to increase interest and participation in the game.

“The teachers named to our USA Tennis All-American Team breathe life into local programs for current, returning and potential players are the true champions of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “They are dedicated and passionate about getting others into the game so they too can reap the vast physical, mental and social benefits of tennis.”

To be eligible for the national honor, nominees had to successfully implement USA Tennis programs; generate interest in USA Tennis programs through local promotions; creatively and effectively use USTA section and/or national funding; find and secure additional sponsorship resources; increase Community Tennis Association participation and/or development; and increase the number of participants in USA Tennis pathway programs.

The USTA established the USA Tennis National Recognition Program in June 2001 through a partnership with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). The program was initiated to publicly recognize and reward those individuals who have gone above and beyond in using USA Tennis Programs to grow the game of tennis in their local communities.

 

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