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USTA Honors Charlotte Resident with National Award

January 29, 2007 10:14 AM

The USTA announced that Carla O’Connor of Charlotte, N.C., was given the Janet Louer National Organizer of the Year Award for USTA Jr. Team Tennis. The award, in its inaugural year, is presented to an individual that positively influences children’s lives and substantially impacts his or her community.

O’Connor serves as the Jr. Team Tennis Area League Coordinator for Charlotte, N.C. Aside from these duties, she is the Chair of the USTA North Carolina Jr. Team Tennis Committee as well as the USTA Southern Section Jr. Team Tennis Committee. As Executive Director of the Charlotte Tennis Association and member of the 2006 USTA North Carolina CTA Grants Committee, Tennis on Campus, and CTA Advisory Council, O’Connor’s passion for the game has encouraged thousands of children to participate in Jr. Team Tennis as well as various USTA programs.

O’Connor has generated interest in USTA Jr. Team Tennis within her community through creative promotions. Her success can be measured by the consistent increase in participation since she was hired as a Community Coordinator in 1998, which now boasts the largest Jr. Team Tennis Program in North Carolina, supporting over 1,285 players this year, including 7 teams that advanced to the Jr. Team Tennis state championships.

“We are proud to honor a pioneer of Jr. Team Tennis and a true advocate of the game,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Carla O’Connor embodies all the admirable characteristics of Janet Louer, including a dedication to growing the game and setting a high standard for each individual and community to strive for.”

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.

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.

 

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