May 2005 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Jeremiah Ollison of Oklahoma City, OK
For longtime tennis volunteer Jeremiah Ollison of Oklahoma City, tennis is a way to provide opportunities for youth to focus their time and energy in a positive direction. But it also gives the USTA Missouri Valley member an opportunity to give back to the game that has given him so much.
"Jeremiah has such a great vision for community involvement and is so caring at all levels—all ideal qualities that you look for in an outstanding volunteer,” said Mary Buschmann, executive director for the USTA Missouri Valley section.
Jeremiah has made tennis integral to both his work and his volunteer lives, and sometimes the two overlap. As director of the non-profit Advantage in Sports Foundation (AISF), Jeremiah strives to bring tennis to inner-city youth and multicultural communities throughout the Oklahoma district and the entire section.
"We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions to tennis by Jeremiah Ollison--he is a great ambassador of tennis. He has hosted many events and conducted numerous clinics for coaches and players,” said Pat Eagan, president of the USTA Oklahoma district.
In Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Jeremiah coordinates the section's "Tennis in the Hood" event, an outreach program designed to offer a tennis experience to multicultural communities. His community involvement was most recently evident when AISF hosted the 2nd Annual Women's Health Expo in Oklahoma City in April 2005. The Expo offered an Adult Tennis Clinic and speakers on fitness and nutrition. In conjunction with the Expo, Jeremiah helped run a USA Tennis NJTL Regional Rally.
“It’s as if Jeremiah doesn’t even realize how much he’s growing the game and opening it to new communities. He’s just out there having fun, introducing tennis to people, enjoying seeing them learn,” said DA Abrams, director of USTA Outreach, which oversees NJTL development.
In addition to teaching at Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, Jeremiah coaches the boys and girls tennis teams. A PTR-certified instructor, he is a USTA Recreational Coach Workshop National Trainer and is a USA School Tennis Trainer in Missouri Valley. In his “spare” time, Jeremiah chairs the Multicultural Participation Committee for the Oklahoma district and serves as the Subcommittee Chair for Community Tennis-USA School Tennis for the Missouri Valley section.
"Jeremiah is a key player in the Oklahoma District Tennis Association. His tireless efforts have and will continue to grow the game in the Sooner State," said Diana Carr, executive secretary of the ODTA.
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