April 2004 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Masu Kusume Dyer of Kailua, Hawaii
With April 18-24, 2004, designated National Volunteer Week in the United States, what better choice for this month’s Tennis Volunteer than Masu Kusume Dyer of the Hawaii Pacific section. A league competitor in the “Super Senior” division, Masu also qualifies in the “Super Volunteer” category, serving at the local, section, and national levels of tennis.
|Masu Kusume Dyer of USTA Hawaii Pacific, a "Super Senior" volunteer.|
"Masu has been a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for over 20 years,” said Ron Romano, executive director of USTA Hawaii Pacific. “She is one of the most active Board members, attending almost all of the major section events.”
In addition to her significant role in the Hawaii Pacific section (she is the Board liaison to the Volunteer Development committee and the Tennis Weekend committee), Masu contributes to the national USTA structure, serving on the committees for both USTA SERV and Youth Community Programs. She is the section representative for Minority Participation, a particular interest to her, as she hopes to see more diverse people come into the game.
Masu’s commitment to youth tennis is demonstrated in her affection for the Hawaii Tennis Patrons Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth tennis. Masu serves as the president of the group. And with six grandchildren between “almost”-one and 17 years old, Masu will have plenty of hitting partners for many years to come.
Finally, to keep herself in the game, Masu has recently resumed playing—and winning—mixed doubles matches with her longtime husband Medford, after many years of not playing doubles with him. “As you know,” she said, “mixed doubles was created by a divorce lawyer.”
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