December 2, 2017
2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
PHYLLIS LOCKWOOD – COLORADO
RON OSBORN – IDAHO
HARRY JAMES - UTAH
2017 AWARD WINNERS
2017 Organization of the Year: Washington Park Tennis Club; Denver, CO
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.
2017 Family of Year: Bullard Family; Farmington, 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.
2017 Barbara Clark Diversity and Inclusion Award: James Johnson; Henderson, NV
Initiated in 2000 as the Community Service Award, this award was renamed in 2006 to honor Barbara Clark, who died in September of that year. Barbara was a longtime employee and ambassador for the Section. This award is given annually to honor an individual in the Intermountain Section who has made a significant contribution to multicultural populations and communities through tennis.
2017 Youth Tennis Ambassador (10 and Under) Award: Mike White; Layton, UT
Initiated in 2012, this award is given to recognize the outstanding individual efforts of a coach, parent, CTA or organization
that is helping to build the 10 and Under Tennis program.
2017 Nikos Ridle Award: Amber Shen; Broomfield, CO
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. 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.
2017 Jan Dowse Award: Jim McCarvel; Great Falls, MT
Named after Jan Dowse, former Executive Director of the Utah Tennis Association, this award is given to Intermountain’s Volunteer or Staffmember of the Year to recognize his or her outstanding contributions, personal unselfishness and devotion to the game.
2017 Developmental Coach of the Year: Dar Walters; Boise, ID
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.
2017 David Freed Award: Christian Wright; St. George, UT
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.
2017 Jon Messick Leadership Award: Angela Emery; Casper, WY
Initiated in 2014, this new award was created in recognition of Jon Messick, Past President of the Intermountain Tennis Association. Jon served as President of Intermountain Tennis Association during a very challenging time in the Section's history. He responded to every problem with a soothing solution; involving all stakeholders in an honest and respectful manner that put the goal of growing tennis above all else. Jon's leadership exuded a quiet sense of purpose, a vision of what needed to be accomplished, and the resolution to address critical and often difficult issues. Through it all, he never lost sight of the fact that tennis was more than just a game, but a valuable venue for teaching life lessons. His leadership skills were also demonstrated in numerous Board and volunteer roles throughout the Colorado District and the Intermountain Section, as well as in his position as head coach of the Colorado State University women's tennis team. This award is given periodically in honor of individuals who exemplify the transformational and servant leadership characterized by Jon Messick.