February 2005 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Gloria Wallace of Grayson, Georgia
If your goal is to promote and develop the growth of tennis, you can’t do much better than Gloria Wallace, the February 2005 Tennis Volunteer of the Month. Her dedication to tennis influences over 500 league teams every season and almost 15,000 women players in the Atlanta area. Now that’s having an impact.
An advocate and volunteer with USTA Atlanta (Atlanta Community Tennis Association) for almost ten years, Gloria has served twice as president of the Board. She directs the weekday women’s program for the USA League Tennis program in Atlanta, with almost 15,000 women playing. Gloria also oversees the training of level reps who work with team captains, affecting over 500 teams per season.
Liz Lyon was one of those level reps, recruited by Gloria to fill the role. Later, they served on the Board of ACTA together. "Gloria focused on her many goals and worked with the staff and Board to create the organization we now have today," Liz said.
In 2004, as president, Gloria worked with the staff and executive director to update the by-laws and board structure for the organization. The reorganization of the board helped USTA Atlanta move forward to focus on more than the day-to-day administration of the league. In her “spare time,” Gloria serves on the Leagues Committee of USTA Southern and shares time with the Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation after-school program.
“Gloria's endless energy, time and dedication have really taken our organization to the next level,” said Matt Olson, executive director of USTA Atlanta.
In the past year, Gloria has seen her leftover time dwindle as she has begun nursing school. Despite her new attention to nursing, she has stated over and over how her main love is league tennis. No doubt she'll always be there to help grow and promote the weekday women's league.
"Her love and passion not only for playing tennis but for giving back to the game through volunteerism is inspiring to those around her," said Lisa Barry, who served on the ACTA Board with Gloria.
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