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USTA Announces Creation of Janet Louer Award

December 20, 2006 03:57 PM

The USTA announced the creation of the Janet Louer National Organizer of the Year Award for USTA Jr. Team. This award will be presented to an individual who delivers USTA Jr. Team Tennis to their community and embodies the true meaning of having a positive impact on children.

The award is named after Janet Louer, an individual who was instrumental in the development of junior tennis during her lifetime. As the administrator for USTA Jr. Team Tennis in Georgia, she built the state championships into the largest youth team tennis state championships in the nation. Her expertise also was utilized in the development of the Section and National Championships for the program.

Louer was also known for her work in the realm of competitive junior tennis. She was an organizer of training session for coaches, parents and potential college recruits. Louer also served as a mentor to nationally ranked players, some of which went on to success at higher levels, including Robby Ginepri and Brian Vahaly. Louer died on May 2, 2006 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“We are proud to honor a pioneer of USTA Jr. Team Tennis and a true advocate of the game,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Janet Louer’s dedication to bringing tennis to the lives of children is an inspiration to all who love the game.”

USTA Jr. Team Tennis emphasizes the benefits of tennis such as teamwork and fitness for players of various age and skill levels. A competitive, multi-week program, USTA Jr. Team Tennis encourages boys and girls ages 6 to 18 years old to compete with teams from the same geographic region in four league divisions; 10 & under; 12 & under; 14 & under; and 18 & under.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 690,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.




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