June 2005 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Rob Scott of Westminster, Colorado
When most outsiders think of Colorado, they envision the snowy peaks of the Rockies or the urban centers of Denver and Boulder. But Colorado is also a plains state, with tens of thousands of rural acres. And Rob Scott, the June 2005 Tennis Volunteer of the Month, wants to make sure tennis is available in those rural areas.
“Being an ambassador to the sport of tennis wherever I am—whether it’s free lessons for the members of the Ranch Country Club, volunteering, bringing tennis to rural communities or serving as a Tennis Welcome Center” is what inspires Rob.
Rob’s contributions to tennis are multiple and varied. He’s been the director of tennis at Ranch Country Club for fourteen years, co-founded the Centennial Valley Tennis Association, volunteered with the USTA for over twenty years, chaired committees with the Intermountain section and served on the Board of the Colorado district. In introducing tennis to rural communities around the state, Rob has traveled 17,000 miles around Colorado. That’s like circling the state’s perimeter more than twelve times.
“Rob's a character and an unbelievable ambassador for the sport. His passion and dedication to tennis are to be commended, and his efforts are certainly much appreciated by the Colorado Tennis Association. We're fortunate to have him here in our district,” said Fritz Garger, executive director of the Colorado Tennis Association.
Rob feels his biggest contributions to tennis and the Intermountain section have been networking with local Park and Recreation departments and spearheading Intermountain’s 2.5 Initiative to promote league play at that level, coordinating efforts by the Intermountain USPTA and USTA Intermountain.
Rob’s philosophy is “Tennis has to be fun. If it’s not fun, why do it?” This mantra demonstrates why the Ranch Country Club has 33 adult interclub teams, six junior interclub teams, six division-winning teams, and four state championship teams. Over 1,000 players participated in USTA-sanctioned tournaments held at Ranch Country Club last year. It is Rob’s personality and demeanor that keeps attracting more players to play more frequently, be competitive and, most importantly, to have fun.
"Rob Scott is one of our tireless volunteers who gives 110% all of the time and asks for nothing in return. Intermountain has benefited from Rob's efforts over the years in ways we cannot begin to measure," said Terry Walters, executive director of USTA Intermountain.
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