Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award
USTA Semiannual Meeting & Conference
The USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award was established in 2003 to recognize either an individual or a program that has demonstrated excellence, dedication, and service related to tennis for an adaptive community.
Any program or organization that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication, and tennis-related service for those with physical and/or intellectual, social and emotional disabilities. Programs must:
Anyone is eligible to nominate an Adaptive Tennis program organization for this award. Self-nominations are acceptable. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted online using the nomination form. Local affiliates of national organizations must coordinate their nomination with their national office.
- Provide complete information requested in the nomination form. At least one letter of support is required.
- Additional supporting documentation demonstrating the nominee’s contributions pertaining to the award and additional community letters of support are encouraged (limit of 3). Criteria for selection include:
- Number of weeks/year and average on-court hours/week
- Program growth (number of athletes and geographical locations)
- Number of athletes
- Years in existence
- Impact on the athletes and community
- Reasons for nomination
- Supporting letters
- The selection committee is comprised of a panel of USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee members and national staff who work with adaptive tennis.
Nominations traditionally open in May each year with a mid-June deadline for submitting.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
Established in 2003, the award recognizes a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedicated and service in tennis for special populations.
|2003||Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Special Olympics National Headquarters - Washington, D.C.)|
|2004||Janet Lefkowitz (Hero, Inc. - Scarsdale, N.Y.)|
|2005||Diana Love (NJTL Special Populations Program - Woodside, N.Y.)|
|2006||Professional Tennis Registry (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)|
|2007||Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (Falls Church, Va.)|
|2008||Handi-Racket Tennis (Wayland, Mass.)|
|2009||Special Populations (Atlanta, Ga.)|
|2010||Touch of Tennis, Jim Holt (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.)|
|2011||Tennis for Fun, Nathan and Judy Moore (Brandon, Fla. & Belfast, Maine)|
|2012-13||Omaha Tennis Buddies (Omaha, Neb.)|
|2014||ACEing Autism (National Headquarters: Los Angeles, Calif.)|
|2015||San Diego District Tennis Association, Wounded Warrior Tennis Program (San Diego, Calif.)|
|2016||Buddy Up Tennis, Inc. (National Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio)|
|2017||No award presented|
|2018||Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.)|
|2019||Lob-Stars (Hanover, Mass.)|
|2020||Not awarded due to COVID-19|
|2021||Dream Court, Inc (Full video) (Montgomery, Ala.)|
|2022||Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis of Highland Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.)