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USTA Southern Section Media Recognized for their Excellence in Tennis Reporting

September 13, 2006 02:03 PM

The USTA recognized Sam Crenshaw, weekend sports anchor of NBC affiliate WXIA and host of Matchpoint television and radio, as the 2006 USTA Media Excellence Award recipient in the Broadcast category. Crenshaw was honored at the 2006 USTA Semi-Annual Meeting in New York City for his dedication to outstanding tennis coverage.

“The USTA Media Excellence Award is our way of acknowledging exceptional media coverage of the sport of tennis,” said Eddie Gonzalez, Chair of the USTA Southern Section Marketing Committee. “The fine work of Sam Crenshaw helps to create a better public awareness about the many benefits of our great game.”

Sam Crenshaw serves 11Alive, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, GA as sports anchor for 6 & 11 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday evening. He is also the host of the nationally televised Matchpoint America television and the newly added Matchpoint America radio show. Sam came to 11Alive from WFMY-TV, Gannett's CBS affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina where he served as sports anchor/reporter since August of 1991. Prior to his work at WFMY-TV, Crenshaw was the Sports Director at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Georgia for five years. Crenshaw also served as the anchor for "Black College Sports Today" on ESPN, a weekly program that focuses on athletics at the nation's historically black universities. Sam also served as sideline reporter and play-by-play voice for college football on ESPN2.

The USTA presents the Media Excellence Award annually to individuals and/or media outlets who have most contributed to the game of tennis by disseminating knowledge of the sport to the general public. Annual winners are selected in three categories – Print Media, Broadcast Media and Multicultural Media. Nominees were judged on the basis of work from the 2006 calendar year. Each winner will receive a personal plaque and permanent recognition on a separate plaque placed in the US Open Media Center.

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, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 168,000 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. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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