Dr. Sylvester Almiron (USTA Eastern) co-founded the Asia American Community Tennis Association in Rockland County, New York, after his children were shut out of a local tennis program. He went on to serve on his town Commission on Parks and Recreation. He has served on the Board of Directors of Eastern, on the USTA Sport Science committee, and currently is Vice Chair of the USTA Multicultural Participation committee.
Joy Duerr (USTA Midwest) chairs the Officials committees for both the USTA Midwest and the Chicago district. She is an enthusiastic and motivating official who encourages other umpires. In 2002, she received the USTA Midwest section Frank Dowling Award, which recognizes an official who has displayed outstanding attributes as a USTA umpire.
Masu Kusume Dyer (USTA Hawaii Pacific) has been an active volunteer at the local, section, and national levels of the USTA. She is president of the Hawaii Tennis Patrons Association to promote youth tennis, and serves on the USTA SERV and Youth Community Programs committees. She can always be counted on to assist with any tennis volunteer needs in Hawaii.
Doug Eng (USA Tennis New England) is the assistant men's and women's tennis coach at Tufts University in Medford, MA, where he also serves as head coach of the squash teams. He is a past president of PTR/New England and chairs the USA Tennis New England Sports Science committee. He is often seen at tennis carnivals and free lesson events throughout New England and is a former member of the New England section board of directors.
Stu Hada (USTA Middle States) is the head tennis coach at the Boys and Girls Club of Camden, NJ, where he works in a primarily African-American community. He grew up in the self-described "melting pot" of Kauai, Hawaii, where he developed his understanding of diversity. He volunteers with both USTA Middle States (Strategic Planning and Multicultural committees) and USTA New Jersey (webmaster) to raise participation in tennis.
Dr. Fred Ho (USTA SoCal) was born in Hong Kong and educated at Stanford University. In addition to serving on the SCTA Board of Directors and the SCTA Mercedes-Benz Cup Tournament Committee, he chairs the Women's All American Collegiate Tennis Championships (Division I) every October in California. He also shares his expertise on the USTA Collegiate committee.
Alvin Hom (USTA NorCal), former vice president of the NorCal Board of Directors, was presented in November 2003 with the USTA NorCal Multicultural Participation Icon Award. He currently chairs the NorCal Adult League committee. Alvin began to volunteer by organizing community tennis associations, raising funds for public court improvement projects and serving on the NorCal NTRP committee. He has since volunteered on several other NorCal committees. He is particularly interested in pursuing policies that will bring more diversity of race and class to the USTA.
Kirk Ito (USTA Midwest) volunteers with the Hamilton County Community Tennis Association (HCCTA) After-School Tennis Spanish/ESL program. He has conducted diversity workshops for faculty, served as a resource to HCCTA to expand its Spanish/ESL programs, and opened doors to other community organizations (universities, churches, apartment complexes, other non-profits). He connects in particular with the Hispanic and Asian-American communities, working to bring young people of color into the game.
Chill Yin Lee (USTA Pacific Northwest) grew up playing tennis on the public courts of British Columbia. Today he is the Recreation Program Coordinator with the city of Coquitlam and the volunteer coach at Pinetree Secondary School. He also organizes tennis for the BC Junior League to encourage affordable tennis at the grass roots level. Chill is committed to creating rewarding tennis experiences for the next generation as his way to give back to the game that has treated him well.
Gordon Lee (USTA Mid-Atlantic) has coached youth in the northern Virginia area for twenty years with no pay for himself. Not only does he instruct on how to play tennis, he instills sportsmanship and integrity to his players. A former collegiate tennis player himself, he encourages his youth players to go on to college and adult tennis involvement.
Tracy McEvoy (USTA Intermountain) used to be on staff with USTA Southern, but a move to Denver prompted her to volunteer for tennis. As a member of Intermountain’s Marketing and Sponsorship committee, Tracey helps secure sponsors for section tournaments and events. She also shows up to volunteer wherever needed for section and district community tennis events.
Ajay Pant (USTA Missouri Valley) was named 2004 PTR Professional of the Year for his service as a tennis pro, but his heart lies in community tennis. He chairs the section’s Community Development committee and for years worked with the Arthur Ashe/Nick Bollettieri "Cities" Tennis Program, aimed at providing tennis lessons and college assistance to inner-city youth across the United States.
Nan Pongsriwat (USA Tennis New England) was 2003 USA Tennis Connecticut Volunteer of the Year. That year, she created the Eastern Connecticut Shoreline Tennis League and single-handedly recruited players for the adult, senior and mixed doubles divisions. She currently captains a 3.5 women's team and serves as Local League Coordinator for Eastern Connecticut. She volunteered at the U.S.-Austria Davis Cup matches in February 2004.
Joe Subido (USTA Mid-Atlantic) grew up playing tennis and basketball in the Philippines and even won the Philippine national collegiate basketball championship title in 1956. He came to the U.S. for post-graduate studies in marketing. As an adult tennis instructor, he has donated all his teaching fees to a cleft palate reconstructive surgery program for Filipino children. Retired today, Joe instructs tennis at Arlington County Park in Virginia.
Thai Tennis Organization in America (USTA Mid-Atlantic) has been a registered community tennis association (CTA) in Virginia since 2003. Their “Sricha-Fans” are famous for the red t-shirts worn at tournaments to support Thai ATP pro Paradorn Srichaphan, the first Asian in the men’s top ten in the world. They also gathered over 1,200 signatures and rallied 250 supporters to bring The Tennis Channel to northern Virginia. TTOA supports Thai youth tennis players with scholarships and on-court development, sponsors an Asian-American tennis tournament, and conducts “Practice with Paradorn” clinics to raise support for tennis.
George and Mabel Tom (USTA Hawaii Pacific) serve on the Board of Directors of the Oahu district. They volunteer for major events and community projects throughout the section. Recently they were the key coordinators in completing an Adopt-a-Court program, directing over 50 volunteers to install windscreens on seven public park sites. Their outreach to the parks community has led to better relationships between USTA Hawaii Pacific and the public parks.
Boy and Betty Toy (USTA Northern), winners of the Northern section 2003 Jack Dow Senior Development Award, have played and captained league tennis for the past 15 years. They have been one of the architects of the Super Senior Mixed Doubles in the Twin Cities area. They also volunteer with the Inner City Tennis Program, the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Association, and local tournaments.
Chris Tran (USTA Mid-Atlantic) volunteers with USTA Virginia and Mid-Atlantic on their Multicultural committees, bringing tennis to new players. President of the Vietnamese-American Junior Community Tennis Association, Chris was the 2003 USTA Virginia Volunteer of the Year. He also organized a 2003 Winter Tennis Charity event to benefit AALEAD (Asian American Leadership, Empowerment & Development) to benefit Washington D.C.-area Asian-American youth.
Khai Tran (USTA Northern) volunteers at several tennis tournaments, clinic days, and special events. He currently serves on the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Association (GTCTA) Board of Directors and has started a free tennis program in his hometown for people of all ages who want to learn to play tennis. He also developed an initiative to keep former high school tennis players involved in the game after graduation.
Bob Wakiyama (USTA Middle States) is a past president of the Eastern Pennsylvania district and served on the Middle States Board of Directors. A teaching pro, Bob loves bringing tennis to new audiences, especially children. He started an NJTL chapter and works with minority children, and he founded the Schuylkill-Carbon Tennis Association. He has introduced many hundreds of kids to the game.
Washington Area Chinese Tennis Association (USTA Mid-Atlantic) was founded in 1991 in response to the tremendous increase in popularity among recreational Chinese tennis players in the DC metropolitan area. Stanley Kao helped jumpstart the group to develop tennis as a means of healthy recreation and physical fitness, to promote social interaction for Chinese tennis players and their families, and to establish a tennis training site for new players and for Chinese youth in the Washington area.
Gregg Wong (USTA Northern) served on the USTA Northern Board of Directors for many years. He has covered tennis for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and on his golf and tennis show on KSTP radio. A long-time USA League player, Gregg has played in several charity and exhibition events throughout the years, raising thousands of dollars for assorted charities and organizations. In 2003, he was honored with the USTA Media Excellence Award at the US Open.
Renée and Frank Wong (USA Tennis New England) head a true tennis family. Renée chairs the USA Tennis New England Awards committee, serves as press aide for the USA League Tennis Sectional Championships, and captains a 4.0 team. Frank, a teaching professional, coaches high school tennis and volunteers as an instructor at free lesson events. Their two daughters, Olivia and Samantha, play collegiate tennis and volunteer at section events. The Wongs were the USA Tennis New England Family of the Year in 2001.
Gordy Yee (USTA Pacific Northwest), a Tennis Specialist for Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department, has coached high school tennis and conducted a free tennis camp for over 20 years. The free camps were part of the legacy established by his mother Amy Yee. Today, Gordy and his sister Joyce oversee the programs of the Amy Yee Tennis Foundation, which has existed since 1990 to promote youth tennis, host youth tournaments, and raise scholarship funds for junior tennis players.
Dr. John H.K. Yuan (USTA Midwest) has been president of the Ohio Valley Tennis Association, after serving on the Board in other roles, and is a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association. He co-chairs USTA Member Appreciation Day at the Cincinnati ATP Masters Tournament and has been a certified chair and line umpire for over 25 years. He has also served on the executive committee of the Tennis Umpire Association of Greater Cincinnati.
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