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Louise and John Downey Named July 2005 USTA Tennis Volunteers of the Month

May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

July 2005 Tennis Volunteers of the Month
Louise and John Downey of Hernando County, Florida

Between the two of them, Louise and John Downey’s tennis resume reads like an encyclopedia of on- and off-court wins:
  • USA Tennis Florida Representatives for Hernando County
  • Area League Commissioners for USA Team Tennis Youth
  • Coaches for the boys and girls tennis teams at Nature Coast Technical High School
  • Co-owners of Ace Performance Tennis
  • Started an adult USTA social tennis league on Friday nights
  • Developed a mentoring program for Ralleyball participants
  • Certified USPTA professional

All that, and the July Tennis Volunteers of the Month are humbly known as “Big John” and “Miss Louise.”

“I’ve had a great opportunity in the last few months to work with them to form their CTA, and they are absolutely dedicated to growing tennis in Hernando County,” said Linda Curtis, USA Tennis Florida’s Coordinator for Community Outreach and CTA Development.

Despite their already impressive accomplishments, Louise and John haven’t shown any signs of slowing down in their commitment to tennis. They founded the first USTA-recognized community tennis association in Hernando County. They have formed student scholarships for disadvantaged area children, resulting in improved grades and higher self-esteem. They are working with the city of Brooksville to form the first NJTL chapter in the county.

As Jeff Davis, Florida’s Community Coordinator for Region 3, said, “We’re confident with these dedicated volunteers that we’re going to see amazing developments in tennis in Hernando County for years to come.”

Do you know someone who would make a good Tennis Volunteer of the Month? Email Andrew Feldman with a short description of how your volunteer helps promote and develop the game of tennis. If you have a picture, send it along.

Go to Volunteer of the Month page

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