December 2004 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Lorraine Rohlsen-Alexander of Bronx, NY
Call Lorraine Rohlsen-Alexander’s answering machine, and you’ll hear the message, “Happy Tennis.” Read one of her business cards, and it says “Happy Tennis.” The December 2004 Tennis Volunteer of the Month from USTA Eastern is so passionate about the sport that it’s hard to remember she has a job besides enriching the lives—and making them happy—of those who participate in the Co-Op City tennis program at Truman High School.
"I think she's a remarkable volunteer because whenever we call her, she's there and willing to meet our needs, no matter how big or small the request is," said Lara Schneider, USTA Eastern Director of Marketing/Special Events.
Lorraine and her husband Milton founded the Co-Op City Tennis Club in 1982. While she spent her youth as a basketball star, her star now shines brightly in the tennis world. She works day and night to constantly improve the lives of those who step onto the tennis courts, whether through the affiliation with NYJTL or the programs for USA Tennis 1-2-3 and wheelchair tennis.
Along with Milton, Lorraine strives to make tennis the stepping stone to get kids into college and on the right path for the rest of their lives. A former USTA Eastern “Volunteer of the Year,” Lorraine is not only a tennis instructor and mentor, but also a friend to everyone.
In 2002, Milton fell ill and Lorraine took over the reins of the Co-Op City Tennis Club while Milton recovered. During his recuperation, Milton began lobbying the Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrión, Jr., to approve funding to resurface the tennis courts at Truman High School. Carrión came through with more than $180,000 to resurface the courts with deco-turf for long wear.
On October 30, 2003, several dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new state-of-the-art tennis courts at Truman High School. Lorraine and Milton were honored by the New York City Council for their outstanding contributions to the lives of many children. Today the Co-Op City Tennis Club is an official Tennis Welcome Center. And through it all, Lorraine remains a living symbol of “Happy Tennis.”
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