August 2005 USTA Volunteer of the Month
Pam Lamb of Oregon City, Oregon
Remember on the TV show “Cheers” when Norm would walk in the bar and everyone yelled “Norm!” That’s what it’s like when Pam Lamb shows up at a tennis tournament in the USTA Pacific Northwest section. She’s one of those beloved characters without whom the event just wouldn’t be the same.
This month’s Tennis Volunteer of the Month hails from Oregon, where her influence is widely felt and greatly appreciated. For most of the year, Pam heads up the coordination of both volunteers and the tournament committee for the Pacific Northwest Junior Sectionals, the premiere junior event in the section. This year she organized over 100 volunteers for the tournament. When people learn Pam is the tournament volunteer coordinator, they sign up a year in advance.
During the Junior Sectionals event, Pam is a whirlwind of activity, organizing the tournament desk, the welcome center, and the kids' video playroom. Many of these tournament features came about because of Pam's tireless work and dedication to making the Junior Sectionals fun and memorable for every player.
"I think volunteering is necessary to help grow the game,” Pam said. “Anyone who plays tennis would agree that it's good for you—it's lifelong and can be enjoyed at all levels."
Pam’s tournament committees are famous for creating tournaments that include much more than just matches—they include memories. Every year Pam works behind the scenes at three different Pacific Northwest Junior Endorsement tournaments to ensure the experience is both fun and rewarding for spectators and players alike.
Her love of tennis has made her an invaluable partner to the section within Northern Oregon. She made sure the new high school in Oregon City included six courts on their grounds and helped the local community college with fundraising and grant assistance to rehabilitate their courts.
“I enjoy seeing the game grow,” Pam said. “And tennis is fun. It's gratifying to be involved with that."
Pam’s true love of the sport and dedication are so infectious that those around her just want to be part of the excitement. Juniors, parents, players, and volunteers throughout USTA Pacific Northwest can attest to that. Just listen for the call of “Pam!” at the next tournament.
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