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RSI Honors Southerners With 2009 Awards

December 30, 2009 12:38 PM

Two Georgians, along with a Southern facility and CTA, were named a 2009 Champions of Tennis by Racquet Sports Industry magazine. RSI is the world’s largest trade magazine devoted to tennis and other racquet sports and named winners in 17 categories in its annual awards.

Southern winners are listed below with text fromRSI magazine:

Reynolds Plantation 
Private Facility of the Year: Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Ga.
Alongside picturesque Lake Oconee sits Reynolds Plantation in the town of  Greensboro, Ga., 75 miles east of Atlanta. This private community is host to the award-winning Lake Club Tennis Center, with its four hard and four clay courts – and an array of programming for all ages and all levels.

Impeccable service and attention to detail are hallmarks for this facility, which is run by Director of Tennis Dave Neuhart, a Perter Burwash International pro. The programs and service are all “very member-driven,” he says. And it’s the all-around attention to its members and programs that have helped to make Reynolds Plantation RSI’s 2009 Private Facility of the Year.

Grassroots Tennis Champions of the Year: Lisa Stone & Susan Chambers, Marietta, Ga.
Local tennis heroes are all around us. They run programs in parks, they form CTAs, they run leagues and mixers. In Cobb County, Ga. Lisa Stone and Susan Chambers, both of Marietta, formed a program for schoolchildren that has taken off. And for 2009, both women are RSI’s Grassroots Champions of the Year.

In 2008, there was no team in Stone’s son’s middle school. She contacted the USTA to see what could be done and started networking in the community and she formed a Jr. Team Tennis program for grades 6 to 8.

In the fall of 2009, Chambers got involved. “I asked Lisa if there was an elementary school league, because I wanted my son to play tennis with his classmates,” she says. “There wasn’t, and I realized we should start one.” In its first season for grades 2 to 5, there were about 135 kids on 16 teams from eight schools.

Community Tennis Association of the Year: Western Wake Tennis Association, Western Wake County, N.C.
What makes a great CTA? Program and activities, of course. But the Western Wake Tennis Association in Western Wake County, N.C., goes well beyond that. And for 2009, the WWTA is RSI’s CTA of the Year.

“Western Wake has everything,” says David Slade, the USTA’s national manager of CTAs. “They’ve taken QuickStart tennis to the next level with permanent courts, they have a strong board, great programming, relationships with park & recs and towns, and more.”




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