April 2006 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Nana Talevi of Goleta, California
As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. USTA Southern California's Nana Talevi leapfrogged from being a tennis player to being a tennis volunteer just by asking, "How can I get involved?" One year after learning to play tennis in 1993, she attended a USPTA Convention in Orange County, CA, where she met several USTA staff and volunteers, along with the late Eve Kraft. The rest is history.
"I continue to be impressed by Nana's spirit and compassion," said Carmela Galvez of the United Way-Santa Barbara. "She's been a delight."
Nana serves on the USTA Hispanic Participation Task Force and the Community Tennis Association Development Committee, putting her background with community development and her experience with public relations to good use. During the US Open in New York, Nana always signs up for double shifts for USTA Member Appreciation Day.
"Always treat your volunteers the way you want to be treated" is Nana's motto, and she clearly practices what she preaches. She was awarded the Southern California Tennis Association's Service Award for her spirit and compassion for tennis. She has co-chaired Community Tennis Days, school programs, and Family, Ladies, and Kids Days during the Mercedes Benz Cup of Los Angeles. Anywhere there's a Kids Day Nana brings her passion for tennis.
This year with Nana's leadership, the United Way of Santa Barbara will expand its Fun in the Sun program, a local initiative for 300 low-income kids ages 6-17 each summer. At least 90% of the children participating are Hispanic. Nana single-handedly introduced a tennis component last summer, and staff and children all responded positively.
Do you know someone who would make a good Tennis Volunteer of the Month? Email Andrew Feldman with a short description of how your volunteer helps promote and develop the game of tennis. If you have a picture, send it along.
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