Rex Maynard Named Recipient of 2104 Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award

July 28, 2014 12:49 PM
Rex Maynard was USTA Southern President when the Section acquired the sanction for the BB&T Atlanta Open.

USTA Honors Belton, S.C., Resident with National Award

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA has announced that Rex Maynard of Belton, S.C., has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award. Maynard will be honored during the annual USTA Tennis Development Workshop (TDW) held Nov. 6-9, 2014, at the Sheraton Atlanta.

Maynard runs multiple tennis programs focused on the youth in Belton, S.C. These programs impact the lives of more than 600 juniors, and in 2014 will impact some collegiate varsity players as well. From 10 and Under Tennis to the upper ends of junior competition – and now collegiate – Maynard embraces tennis players of all abilities. That includes special populations, with the annual Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) event – a USTA Southern Section event with approximately 50 special athletes competing in teams with unified partners.

“Rex Maynard has spent over 30 years as a driving force behind the Palmetto State Junior Championships,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis. “During that time he has helped literally thousands of kids enjoy the sport of a lifetime. Rex is as dedicated a volunteer today as he was in the 1970s and also manages to keep having fun and making life fun for others. We are proud to present him with this honor.”

“I feel flattered, humbled and surprised to win this award, but most importantly, very honored knowing there are many others doing even greater work at the local level,” said Maynard. “This is both unexpected and unbelievable. It confirms my belief that even though I've had the opportunity to serve in some state, section and national positions, my best and most important place to serve and grow tennis is in my community.”

Maynard has played tennis since he was 8 years old, but never competitively. He said growing up in Belton, everyone played tennis. Maynard has served on various tennis committees including the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation (treasurer) and the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation (chair). He is a past president of both USTA South Carolina and the USTA Southern Section. He currently serves on the USTA Nominating Committee. Maynard is a longtime member of the Belton Tennis Association board. He has served as the tournament director of the Palmetto Championships, South Carolina’s junior qualifying tournament, for the past 30 years.

The USTA awards the Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award to the individual/s who best exemplify Kraft’s selfless mission to bring the sport of tennis to everyone who wants to play. Kraft was a tennis pioneer whose ability to touch people’s lives exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court. As a teacher, coach, author, USTA staff member and volunteer, Kraft was a lifelong champion of recreational tennis in the U.S. until her death

in 1999. She introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

USTA Southern noted Maynard's many achievements when he received a humanitarian award in South Carolina in January 2013: