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USTA Awards

May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

Annually, the USTA honors individuals and organizations with awards to encourage excellence and celebrate their achievements in the world of tennis.


Samuel Hardy Award
The International Tennis Hall of Fame annually presents this award to a USTA volunteer in recognition of long and outstanding service to the sport of tennis. The recipient must exemplify those qualities of personal unselfishness and devotion to the game which have been an inspiration to others.

Tennis Educational Merit Award for Men and Women
The International Tennis Hall of Fame annually presents this award to individuals who are citizens or residents of the United States and who have made notable contributions in the tennis educational field at the national level and have demonstrated leadership and creative skills in such areas as instruction, writing, organization and promotion of the game of tennis.

USTA Volunteer Service Award
This award recognizes USTA volunteers for their years of national service to the association. Recognition awards are presented at the Annual Meeting to those volunteers achieving five years of service and for each five years of service thereafter.

Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award
This award is given annually to the family who in recent years has done the most to promote amateur tennis, primarily on a volunteer basis. All members of the family should participate in some way, either as players or by offering their services in running programs or tournaments or in junior development activities.

Service Bowl Award
This award is given annually to honor the example of Mrs. Hazel H. Wightman and goes to the player who yearly makes the most notable contribution to the sportsmanship, fellowship and service of tennis.

President’s Award
This award annually honors an individual who has given unusual and extraordinary service to tennis and generally will be a person not considered for other USTA awards.

Eve Kraft USTA Community Service Award
This award is given to honor persons for outstanding field work in recreational tennis. It is given for significant contributions by individuals actively involved in tennis development through community associations, parks and recreation departments, schools or community centers.

Barbara Williams Leadership Award
This award recognizes a female volunteer who through her leadership and by her example has encouraged and inspired others to become volunteers and assume leadership roles at the community, sectional and/or national levels of USTA.

John T. McGovern Award
This award is given annually to that umpire or linesman who contributed most to the cause of tennis officiating during the previous year.

Jack Stahr Award
This award is presented annually to an umpire, age 21 or over, who in one of his or her first three years at the US Open, is recognized for hard work, professionalism, technical ability and cooperative attitude. It recognizes his/her outstanding work primarily as a line umpire.

Jr. McGovern Award
With qualifications similar to the John T. McGovern award, this award recognizes service and excellence by younger officials.

Nicholas E. Powel Award
This award is given each year to a sectional chair or line umpire recognizing the importance of officiating at the local level.

Seniors’ Service Award
This award is given each year to the person the USTA Seniors’ Committee deems most deserving of the respect and honor of all seniors. It is awarded on the basis of the recipient’s willingness, cooperation and participation either in play or organizational work for the betterment and furtherance of senior competition.

William M. Johnston Award
This award is given to that male player who by character, sportsmanship, manners, spirit of competition and contribution to the growth of the game ranks first in the opinion of the selection committee.

Sarah Palfrey Danzig Award
This award is given to that female player who by character, sportsmanship, manners, spirit of competition and contribution to the growth of the game ranks first in the opinion of the selection committee.

Super Senior Service Award
This award is given annually to the person who, in the opinion of the Super Senior Tennis Board of Directors, has made a notable contribution to the promotion of tennis for 55-and-over player, a tennis enthusiast, a tournament director or by a non-player who has helped to promote tennis for the “young at heart”.

Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award
These awards are presented each year by the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Four recipients are selected from nominations received from the seventeen USTA sections.

USTA Girls’ 18 National Championship Sportsmanship Award
This award is presented each year at the USTA Girls’ 18 National Championships to the girl who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship, conduct and character.

USTA Girls’ Sportsmanship Trophy Award
This award is presented annually at the International Girls’ 18 Grass Court Championships to the player in the championship who most nearly approaches the ideal in sportsmanship, appearance, court manners and tactics.

Dr. Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship Award
This award is presented annually to the Junior Boys’ 18 player who best combines the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship and tennis ability.

Bobby Kaplan Sportsmanship Award
This award is presented annually at the USTA Boys’ 16 National Championships to the boy who best combines sportsmanship and outstanding tennis ability.

Maureen Connolly Brinker Outstanding Junior Girl Award
This award is presented each year to the girl player considered to have had the most outstanding full-season performance. She must be exceptional in ability, sportsmanship and competitive spirit.

Member Organization of the Year Award
This award was instituted to recognize the services rendered to the USTA by its member organizations. Selection is made on the basis of service to the tennis community, service to the organization’s members and service to the game of tennis.

USTA NJTL of the Year Award
This award is designed to honor an outstanding USA Tennis NJTL chapter that has demonstrated continued excellence in recreational tennis programming.

Tennis Facility Awards
This award honors outstanding tennis facilities and encourages excellence in future construction and/’or renovation. Facilities must be under the jurisdiction of: (1) a parks and recreation department, (2) an educational institution, or (3) an industrial complex.

USTA/NRPA Excellence in Tennis Programming Award
This award honors a parks and recreation department for significant contributions to tennis programming.

Tennis Clubs --- 100 or More Years Old
This award was established to honor these distinguished clubs and is awarded when appropriate.

USTA Media Excellence Awards
These awards are presented to individuals (or organizations) at the section, district or community tennis association level who have most contributed to the game of tennis by disseminating knowledge of our sport to the general public. There are two awards, one for Print Media and the other for Broadcast Media (TV, radio, cable).

Brad Parks Award
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the game of wheelchair tennis and is presented annually to an individual or group that has provided opportunities to wheelchair players through the development of programs that promote the growth of wheelchair tennis at the sectional or national level.

Gold Slam Award
This award recognizes adult and senior competitive players who have won all of the national championships played in the same division throughout the year.


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