2018 AWARD WINNERS
2018 Organization of the Year: Peak Health & Wellness; Missoula, MT
Given annually to recognize the services rendered to Intermountain’s USTA members by its member organizations: Community Tennis Associations, Clubs, and Parks and Recreation Departments. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the National Organization of the Year Award.
2018 Family of Year: Robb-Wilcox Family; Salt Lake City, UT
Presented annually to a family within the USTA Intermountain Section who has exemplified the benefits of tennis as a family recreational sport and has contributed to their tennis community in a significant way. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the National Family of the Year Award.
2018 Nikos Ridle Award: Cherrial Odell; Las Vegas, NV
Presented annually to a junior tennis player within the USTA Intermountain Section who exemplifies the spirit of tennis through their activities on and off the court. ADVERTISEMENT This award is given in memory of Nikos Ridle, a nationally ranked junior player from Billings, Montana, who was killed in an automobile accident at age 19. Section winners are submitted to the USTA for the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award.
2018 Jan Dowse Award: Brett Haberstick; Nederland, CO
Named after Jan Dowse, former Executive Director of the Utah Tennis Association, this award is given to Intermountain’s Volunteer of the Year to recognize his or her outstanding contributions, personal unselfishness and devotion to the game.
2018 Developmental Coach of the Year: Adolph Huddleston; Las Vegas, NV
Initiated in 2000, this award is given to recognize the outstanding efforts of a developmental coach in the USTA Intermountain Section. This coach is being honored for his or her endless dedication to developing junior tennis players at all levels through teaching, presence at tournaments and events, and positive role modeling, on and off the court.
2018 David Freed Award: Alden Bock; Golden, CO
This award is given from time to time to an individual for lifetime service to tennis within the USTA Intermountain Section. This award was first introduced in 1988 and given to David Freed of Salt Lake City, Utah. David served as Intermountain's Secretary and Treasurer for 39 years from 1936-1975.
2018 Andrew Valdez Award: Andrew Valdez; Salt Lake City, UT
This award is given from time to time to an individual or organization supporting tennis in at risk populations. This award was first introduced in 2018 and given to Andrew Valdez of Salt Lake City, Utah. Andrew served as a member of the USTA National Board from 2010-2018. He was the first Intermountain member to be elected to the National Board in 50 years. Prior to that, Andrew served on the Intermountain Board and served the Utah District in numerous capacities.