July 2004 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Shirley Williams of Williamsburg, VA
If you live in the Williamsburg, Virginia area and have the slightest interest in tennis, chances are you have met Shirley Williams, the July Tennis Volunteer of the Month. In addition to serving as league coordinator for the Williamsburg senior league, Shirley’s volunteer contributions stretch in several directions throughout the region, all with the goal of growing the game.
“William and Mary Tribe tennis and the Williamsburg community are a much better place and more tennis-oriented because of Shirley Williams,” said Millie West, curator of the Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame at William and Mary, where Shirley volunteers each year with their induction weekend.
Williamsburg is home to the College of William and Mary and its men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams. Undaunted by the decline of support for collegiate tennis around much of the country, Shirley has increased the fan base for Tribe tennis by creating the Tribe Aces. The Aces are a fan group that rallies support for the teams, attends matches to cheer the players, and assists the coaches.
“Shirley is one of those people who has limitless energy and a strong giving spirit. She has selflessly volunteered her time for every event that we organized,” said William and Mary women’s tennis coach Kevin Epley.
Men’s coach Peter Daub added, “Shirley Williams has been the backbone of the community support staff for our tennis teams here at William and Mary. She has raised the level of awareness for college tennis fivefold.”
Collegiate tennis isn’t Shirley’s only interest though. An advocate for abused women and children, Shirley founded the Charity Tennis Classic ten years ago to benefit two area agencies that help women and children in need. The tournament is a two-day women’s doubles event and since its inception has raised over $100,000 for the two organizations. It isn't often one can volunteer to grow tennis and better the lives of those less fortunate. Shirley Williams does both.
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