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USTA Southern Section Honors Two Volunteers for Years of Outstanding Service

January 23, 2007 03:20 PM

The USTA Southern Section announced that Jeff Gray of Mobile, AL and Barbara Brewer of Charleston, SC were honored for their dedication to the game during the 2007 USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA. Outgoing USTA Southern Section President Jeff Gray, was honored as the 2006 Jacobs Bowl Recipient, and former USTA Southern Section President, Barbara Brewer was the recipient of the Charlie B. Morris Service Award.

Jeff Gray has been so selfless in his work with the United States Tennis Association that his name has become synonymous with the success of the organization. To acknowledge his devotion and dedication to the game the USTA Southern Section presented him with the 2006 Jacobs Bowl Award at the 2007 USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The highest honor presented by the USTA Southern Section, this award is presented to a volunteer who has exhibited outstanding service in the USTA Southern Section.

Under the presidency of Jeff Gray, the USTA Southern Section has seen the best of times and the worst of times. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana, it devastated thousands of our tennis community members’ homes, communities and lives. In an effort to reestablish a sense of normalcy in the affected areas, President Gray spearheaded the relief and recovery efforts by working in concert with our states and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation. The worst storm in our history brought out the best of human nature in the Southern Tennis Family and over $100,000 was donated to rebuild and repair damaged and/or destroyed facilities, assist displaced tennis pro’s and reestablish adult and junior USTA programs at alternate temporary sites.

An advocate for growth and development, Gray initiated a multi-level league format along with other pioneer formats to increase player frequency. During his tenure, Gray led the Section efforts to lobby for National support of eliminating the USA Tennis as a promoted brand and create coordinated brand marketing with the USTA name.

Barbara Brewer started her tennis career at the age of 12 by hitting against a garage door and has been committed to the game ever since. For over twenty years, she has devoted countless hours volunteering and has been involved in every levels of the USTA. Through the years, she has worked selflessly on the State, Sectional and National level giving back to the game she loves. To recognize her tireless efforts, the USTA Southern Section presented her with the 2006 Charlie B. Morris Jr. Service Award at the USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The Charlie B. Morris Jr. Service Award is presented in memory of Charlie Morris to the volunteer who best exhibits exemplary volunteer spirit at the local, state, sectional and/or national levels.

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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