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2020 USTA Southern Annual Award Winners

USTA Southern Awards Archive

USTA Awards

USTA Southern announced the recipients of its 2020 awards, given for outstanding achievements in tennis both on and off the court. Nineteen winners have been recognized this year.

Three of the top awards – the Jacobs Bowl, the highest volunteer award given by USTA Southern; the Charlie B. Morris Jr. Service Award and the President’s Award – will be announced at a later date.

Selected winners were nominated as candidates by USTA staff and volunteers in the section’s nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The winners were then selected from among the nominees by volunteer members of the USTA Southern Awards Committee and numerous other committees.

Bossier City, La., was the most decorated city with three awards. Louisville, Ky., had two awards.

Here are our 2020 USTA Southern award winners.

  • Adult Tournament of the Year *
    Presented to a USTA sanctioned adult tournament in the Southern Section that has best demonstrated the high standards upheld by the USTA in organizing and conducting a sanctioned adult tournament.
    The City Championships; Bossier City, La.
  • Community Tennis Association of the Year *
    The Community Tennis Association of the Year Award recognizes strong leadership, outstanding program offerings, volunteer recruitment and community relationships by a Community Tennis Association while developing the growth of tennis within the Southern Section.
    Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association; Shreveport, La.
     
  • Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award *
    This award is presented to the individual or organization who demonstrates sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion through the following actions: actively champions, visibly embraces and celebrates diversity on and off the court by employing goals and strategies that create an inclusive environment; reaches out to a diverse audience through participation in community activities that celebrate diversity and inclusion; provides leadership opportunities that reflect interest in individual traits, skills, and talents of others; and proactively seeks opinions and gathers feedback from a diverse audience to gain additional perspectives and learn from others.
    Charles Crawford; Louisville, Ky.
     
  • Educational Merit Award *
    Recognizes an individual who has developed an outstanding tennis program, which provides leadership and inspiration in junior programs for schools, colleges, parks and playgrounds and benefits the growth of tennis in the USTA Southern Section.
    Anna Monhartova; New Orleans
     
  • Local League Coordinator of the Year *
    Presented annually to an individual in the USTA Southern Section who has been outstanding in the coordination of league play at the local level.
    Michelle Moore; Florence, S.C.
     
  • Mac MacDougal Tennis Official of the Year *
    Presented annually to a tennis official who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of tennis officiating in the USTA Southern Section. The award is named for Mac MacDougal, who served as an esteemed official for many decades.
    Karen Badger-Mabry; Suwanee, Ga.
     
  • Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award *
    Given annually to a staff member or volunteer who exemplifies extraordinary spirit in growing the game of tennis in the USTA Southern Section, the award is named for Marilyn Sherman, long-time USTA Southern Director of Adult Competition and Leagues.
    Amy Brandon; Mooresville, N.C.
     
  • Member Organization of the Year *
    Presented annually to a member organization in the USTA Southern Section to recognize outstanding service to the local community, to the organization members, and to the game of tennis. In addition, the Southern winner is then submitted for USTA National award consideration.
    MacGregor Downs Country Club; Cary, N.C.
     
  • Mickey McNulty Family of the Year *
    Given in memory of Judge Mickey McNulty, the award is presented annually to a family that resides in the USTA Southern Section that has been outstanding in its promotion of tennis. In addition, the Southern winner is then submitted for USTA National award consideration.
    The Killen Family; Bossier City, La.
     
  • NJTL Chapter of the Year Award *
    Presented annually to an NJTL Chapter within the USTA Southern Section that has demonstrated excellence in administration of its NJTL programs.
    Rising Stars of Kentucky Tennis; Louisville, Ky.
     
  • No-Cut Starfish Award
    The No-Cut Starfish Award is presented to a high school tennis coach in the Southern Section who implements a no-cut policy, serves as a positive role model and makes a difference by spending the extra time and effort to ensure that young players experience the fun of representing their school tennis teams.
    Tony Cherone; Memphis, Tenn.
     
  • Slew Hester Male & Female Players of the Year
    Given in memory of past USTA Southern Section President William E. "Slew" Hester, this award is presented annually to a ranked male and female adult or senior player in the USTA Southern Section in recognition of their outstanding tennis performance.
    Danny Carlson, Atlanta
    Lizl Kotz, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
     
  • Southern Tennis Professional of the Year *
    Presented annually to a tennis professional in the USTA Southern Section who demonstrates a significant contribution to the game of tennis through their promotion of the USA Tennis Programs and their support of the USTA Mission.
    Lane Hinson; Lexington, S.C.
     
  • Special Tennis Event of the Year *
    Presented annually to a special tennis event in the USTA Southern Section that has been exemplary in the promotion and support of tennis
    Abilities Tennis Winter Chill; Raleigh, N.C.
     
  • Team Tennis Event of the Year *
    Presented annually to a USTA Southern Section event that best demonstrates outstanding execution of a team event.
    Louisiana Combo (18 & over, 55 & over) State Tournament; Bossier City, La.
     
  • Tennis On Campus Club of the Year
    Presented to club that has made significant contributions to the USTA Tennis On Campus program on its campus.
    Furman University; Greenville, S.C.
     
  • Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year
    Presented to leader that has made significant contributions to the USTA Tennis On Campus program on his/her campus.
    Brendan Healey; Clemson University; Clemson, S.C.
     
  • Wheelchair Tennis Excellence Award *
    The Wheelchair Tennis Excellence Award recognizes a wheelchair tennis player, program volunteer or tournament in the Southern Section that demonstrates outstanding community service, on-court ability, event organization and overall promotion of wheelchair tennis.
    Cole Camp; University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Ala.


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