October 2004 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Tom Merrick of Springfield, PA
While there may be no “I” in “team”, USTA Middle States proudly points out there is an “IT” in “tennis”.
October Tennis Volunteer of the Month Tom Merrick, of Springfield, PA, has long loved the sport for a lifetime, and he recently started volunteering as computer guru for the USTA Middle States website.
Middle States members rely heavily on the section site for rules and regulations, forms, tournament information and up-to-date news. Tom works tirelessly with MS staff to maintain a fresh look and is always on the hunt to make the site even more user-friendly.
As is often the case, Tom has gotten a lot back for his volunteerism. He recently took a behind-the-scenes media tour at the US Open and this summer had the chance to cover several World TeamTennis (WTT) matches. But more than that, Tom is rewarded by knowing that he is helping to grow the game he loves by keeping the website current.
“I am just thrilled to be involved in tennis in any way,” Tom said. “Knowing that my contributions are helping others in the section makes it that much better.”
Computers and tennis are bread-and-butter for Tom. In his day job as IT Manager for Kulicke and Soffa, Inc., in Willow Grove, a manufacturing company in the semiconductor industry, Tom heads a support team responsible for programs that run worldwide business systems.
When he is not working at his day job or on the Middle States section website, he runs his own fantasy football league. Tom is a stats junkie–he spends his free time analyzing football statistics and trends. But tennis is his first love. He enjoys playing tennis as often as his Middle States computer taskmasters allow it, two or three times a week.
“Tom's passion for tennis, combined with his expertise in IT, has been unselfishly shared with the USTA Middle States office,” said Larry Davidson, executive director of USTA Middle States. “He is a great example of how a USTA volunteer can serve as a resource. His IT and web support assistance have been invaluable.”
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