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CTA Volunteer Recognition

February 28, 2008 02:25 PM

May Nominee

Teresa Mathews
Harrison/Hancock CTA
Gulfport, MS

Teresa Mathews has taken the Harrison/Hancock CTA from an organization that had completely failed to rebound since Hurrican Katrina, to an organization that is thriving and very successful. She takes on so much responsibility and does such a great job at seeing all tasks through to the end. We are booming right now in our area and we owe alot of that to Teresa Mathews. She should be recognized for her hard work and effort.

April Nominee

Kevin Morrow
Pontotoc CTA
Pontotoc, MS

Morrow has been instrumental in developing the adult USTA program in Pontotoc. In just four years the Pontotoc association has increased tremendously, going from just a handful of members to more than 100. Morrow also took it upon himself to lead the charge to improve community tennis facility by recruiting volunteers, applying for grants, asking for donations, sponsoring fundraiser tournaments and working many long hours to transform the six court facility into a stunning tennis park. The new facility is equipped with eight new courts, on-site restrooms, beautiful landscaping and a two level pavilion. Without Morrow’s hard work, dedication, and vision the new and improved tennis facility at Pontotoc would not have been possible.

March Nominee

Rene Seymour
Delta CTA
Greenville, MS

Rene Seymour is incredibly devoted, not only to the game, but to the development of tennis. Seymour is very active at her tennis club, Cypress Hills, serving as Chair of the Tennis Committee. She also serves on the board of the Delta CTA. Seymour is involved in local junior tournaments from the start to the finish. With the help of her dedicated committee they are able to plan fun activities for the kids such as ice cream socials, musical entertainment, and door prizes at tournaments. She selflessly takes it upon herself to congratulate all the juniors on their play regardless of the outcome of the match. Seymour goes the extra mile, getting to know all the parents and making sure they have everything they need to ensure they enjoy their time in Greenville.

February’s Nominees

Sandy Tucker
Beaufort Tennis Association
Beaufort, SC

Sandy Tucker is the epitome of what a CTA board member should be. Sandy always goes above and beyond the call of duty, whether it’s recruiting new CTA members, monitoring public court conditions, contacting the County PALS officials to reserve courts for league play, responds to tennis web site inquiries, and keeping dues and membership lists updated she always seems to find a way to improve and enhance the growth of tennis in her area. Sandy is the type of person that takes initiative. If you suggest a tennis event you would like to do, Sandy will take the reins and make it happen. Her hard work and dedication to her tennis community is well commended.

Gloria Alvarez
Monroe Tennis Association
From West Monroe, LA

Gloria’s work with in her tennis community has not gone unnoticed by her fellow co-workers. She spends countless hours checking out plans for new courts, calling coaches for youth programs, and much more to ensure the growth and development of tennis in the community.

Diane Seggie
PTI- Bluffton
From Bluffton, SC

For over 50 years, Diane has lovingly promoted tennis. For the last four years she has dedicated countless hours campaigning to raise money towards the building of newly needed public tennis courts in her community. Not only does Diane work with Wheelchair, Adult, and Junior tennis programs, but she also volunteers her time by giving free tennis lessons at Bluffton High School.Just recently Diane helped co-design and administer a scholarship for inspiring local youth needing support to get their tennis careers started. In its second year this scholarship has already helped one local girl achieve a college scholarship. Diane takes on a major role organizing volunteers and seeking sponsorship for the only local annual tennis tournament in her community.

Diane’s devotion to serving her local tennis community hasn’t gone unnoticed as Graham Cox states, “Di is also on our state wheelchair committee and has truly demonstrated herself as a lifetime volunteer for the sport. An insight about her spirit is that with a recent foot injury keeping her from standing she has not let herself become idle but instead dedicated more time to wheelchair tennis as she can lead that from a wheelchair while her injury heals. She is one person without whom our growing tennis community could not succeed."

January’s Nominees

Rosanne Boswell
Greater Wilmington Tennis Association
From Wilmington, NC

Roseanne Boswell is a major reason for all the tremendous success of children tennis programs in Wilmington. Boswell is the coordinator for many Middle Schools after school tennis program. These programs catered to 160 boys and 260 girls just last year. Boswell also is the coordinator for the Jr. Team Tennis program and organizes the Jr. Team Tennis Ladder program.

Richard Walker
Florence Tennis Assoiation
From Florence, SC

Richard Walker is an active member of the Florence Tennis Association’s Jr. Development Committee. Walker has spearheaded the development of the Florence Tennis Association’s Boys' and Girls' High School Invitational Tournaments. Both of theses preseason Tournaments have become popular in the area, growing from 8 teams in 2005 to 16 teams in 2008. This program was originally developed as a way of exposing local teams to stronger competition, now this three-day tournament draws some of the top talented high school teams from North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Richard also does a phenomenal job putting everything together, from gifts, t-shirts, trophies, banquets. The FTA provides many volunteers to support these two annual events, but Richard's organizational skill, ability to work with the coaches and parents, along with patience and hard work are what has made these tournaments truly extraordinary.




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