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Southeastern Michigan

Awards

<h1>Awards</h1>
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Each year, the Southeastern Michigan District honors individuals at the Annual Awards Banquet. Captains, players, volunteers and supporters are acknowledged for exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship and advocacy for the game of tennis.

 

Hoxie Sportsmanship Award (Male/Female):

The Jean and Jerry Hoxie Memorial Award is given to a junior male and female player in Southeastern Michigan, who have made a great contribution to the game of tennis through their good sportsmanship and their achievements both on and off the tennis court.

 

Click here for the 2020 Hoxie Sportsmanship Award application.

 

William F. Beyer Volunteer of the Year Award:

The William F. Beyer Memorial Award is given to an individual who is felt to have contributed immeasurably and unselfishly to the game of tennis.

 

George Grisdale Player of the Year Award: 

The George Grisdale Memorial Award is given to a USTA Adult League player who has demonstrated unparalleled sportsmanship and commitment to help grow participation in Southeastern Michigan adult tennis leagues.

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Towler Captain of the Year Award:

The Darlee Towler Memorial Award is given to a USTA League captain in the Southeast Michigan District who best reflects the qualities that Darlee exhibited as a captain, player and supporter of the USTA League program: honesty, sincerity, loyalty, good sportsmanship and leadership with a commitment to growing tennis.

 

For the George Grisdale Player of the Year Award and Towler Captain and of the Year Award applications, click here.

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2019 National CTA of the Year: People for Palmer Park Tennis
2019 National CTA of the Year: People for Palmer Park Tennis

2019 National CTA of the Year: People for Palmer Park Tennis

The People for Palmer Park Tennis was recently named the USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year. Though the CTA, located in Detroit, Mich., is a fairly new organization, the dedication and hard work from all involved are unmatched.

 

Congratulations to this amazing organization! 

 

Read more here.

Hoxie Memorial Award 2019 Female Recipient: Karina Miller
Hoxie Memorial Award 2019 Female Recipient: Karina Miller

Hoxie Memorial Award 2019 Female Recipient: Karina Miller

Karina Miller has been one of the top ranked players in both the Midwest and the nation for much of her junior career.  Some of Kari’s proudest accomplishments include winning the MHSAA Division 1 #1 singles flight twice, placing 2nd at the 2019 Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships, reaching the semifinals of her first $15k WTT tournament at the USTA National Campus in June of this year, and winning the 2019 Michigan State Summer ITA tournament. Kari’s cumulative success over the past year has culminated in earning her current USTA ranking of #1 in the nation in Girls’ 18s.

 

Sportsmanship is also one of Kari’s strengths as she has always been well respected among her peers for her fairness and integrity. She was selected as the Sportsmanship Award winner at the prestigious Easter Bowl tournament in 2017.  Kari also loves competing in team settings, particularly with her Pioneer High School tennis team. She enjoys representing SEMTA at numerous Team Cup competitions as well as the Girls’ 16s Intersectional Team Championships and the Girls’ 18s National Team Championships. Kari is very excited to continue her tennis and academic education in the Fall of 2020 as a member of the University of Michigan Women’s Tennis Team.

 

 

Hoxie Memorial Award 2019 Male Recipient: Noah Tanguay
Hoxie Memorial Award 2019 Male Recipient: Noah Tanguay

Hoxie Memorial Award 2019 Male Recipient: Noah Tanguay

Noah Tanguay comes from a long family of tennis players going all the way back to his great grandparents. He was first introduced to the game at the age of 5. He started playing Interclub tennis for Bloomfield Open Hunt at age 8, played USTA Junior Team Tennis for a number of years, and has been on the varsity tennis team at Troy High School since his sophomore year.   

 

In 2019, Noah was elected team captain for the Colts, who finished 3rd at the Division 1 State Championships. Noah works on developing new tennis players both at Beachwood and at Troy Racquet Club. He is known for his on-court energy and dedication to the game. Finally, Noah excels off the court in numerous areas. He is a USA Hockey Level 3 referee who has been recognized by the Michigan referee in chief as a top young official. He is a member of the Troy High School chapter of the National Honor Society, he is a math and science volunteer tutor and maintains a 3 .995 GPA. He will graduate in 2020 from Troy High School and hopes to attend the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.

William F. Beyer Award 2019 Recipient: David Schwartz (posthumous)
William F. Beyer Award 2019 Recipient: David Schwartz (posthumous)

William F. Beyer Award 2019 Recipient: David Schwartz (posthumous)

David owned the Tennis & Golf Company for almost 42 years . He opened his first store, The Tennis Company, in Oak Park in 1977 with 750 square feet of retail space. He moved several times to grow the store and with his last move he added golf and had 20,000 square feet of retail space . He was a kind, generous and compassionate individual who was known for his “random acts of kindness”.

 

David loved the sport of tennis and helped to grow it in many ways. Two of his programs had a direct impact on the sport by supporting young players. On his Pee Wee Day, he woulddonate junior rackets to aspiring young tennis players . In addition, he worked with the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association to help make tennis more accessible by making uniforms and equipment more affordable for the players and coaches .

 

This included donating the raffle prizes at each coaches workshop and giving every team a complimentary membership to the Tennis & Golf Company. In 2012, David was honored by the MHSTeCA with their Distinguished Service Award. David passed away in August 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, but his legacy in the tennis community as an entrepreneur and a promoter of our sport will stand the test of time.

George Grisdale Memorial Award 2019 Recipient: Kusull Kim
George Grisdale Memorial Award 2019 Recipient: Kusull Kim

George Grisdale Memorial Award 2019 Recipient: Kusull Kim

Kusull Kim was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also decided to raise her 3 beautiful daughters; Ahliyah (24), Ella (15), & Zoe (10), there with the love of her life, J. P . Lammers because the Ann Arbor area is a strong tennis community. Tennis has only strengthened her family’s connection to Ann Arbor.  Kusull and her family joined Liberty Athletic Club 5 years ago. This is where her tennis journey began. She started playing in an introductory clinic and has not put the racquet down since! She loved the challenge of playing a new sport and quickly developed a desire to play more competitively in USTA leagues. Kusull has experienced much success as a player and captain.  While Kusull does truly love the sport, it’s the people that she has met along the way that are the big reason she stays in the game. Her tennis community is family.

 

She is very excited about the opportunity she’s been given as a USTA Tennis Ambassador.

Towler Memorial Award 2019 Recipient: Michael Killian
Towler Memorial Award 2019 Recipient: Michael Killian

Towler Memorial Award 2019 Recipient: Michael Killian

Michael (Mike) Killian didn’t start playing tennis until he was in his mid-sixties following a stroke. For years softball and hockey were his sports of choice. Looking back, he has shared that he now realizes tennis would have been a much better choice. The Beverly Hills Club (BHC), in Beverly Hills, MI, is where Mike was first introduced to tennis, taking lessons from BHC pros Richard Beijer and the talented staff.  Mike is the captain for both a 40+ and 55+ Men’s 3 .0 team out of the Beverly Hills Club. He describes the past three years of SE Michigan USTA tennis as a terrific experience thanks to his wonderful teammate.

 

In his words, his teammates are much more than accomplished players, they are great guys and valued friend. His teammates report that Mike provides excellent communications to the team weekly and as they near the competition events, he adds motivational quotes to uplift the team.  His organizational skills are great and he is constantly looking at ways to help the team get better. Mike always puts the TEAM before an individual. At 70+, he keeps all of us working on our stamina and staying in top shape to keep up with him. He has brought a very diverse group of guys together to make some lasting friendships. He is what USTA wants in the program.

 

 

Spring 2019 Midwest Winners

Congratulations to all Southeastern Michigan players who won Midwest awards! 

 

League Volunteer Award: Tim Ross, Livonia, Michigan

Recognizes a USTA League player and/or volunteer who has provided leadership and has made a significant contribution to the growth of USTA League play within their USTA District and the USTA/Midwest Section.

 

Wallace R. Holzman, Sr. Award: Steven Forman, Troy, Michigan

Recognizes the outstanding 16 or 18 and underage division male player for the highest standards of tennis accomplishments, character, conduct, sportsmanship and amateurism.

 

Member Organization of the Year: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed Tennis

Recognizes service to the tennis community and its history of providing tennis to its members through junior and adult programs.

 

Click here to learn more about Midwest awards.

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