Brad Parks Award
January 1, 2017
Awards Luncheon during the USTA Annual Meeting & Conference, held annually each spring (March/April). The USTA will provide travel, lodging and meals for the recipient to attend the awards presentation.
Any individual or group that has been involved in playing, coaching, organizing, sponsoring or promoting wheelchair tennis. The Brad Parks Award will be given each year in recognition of outstanding contribution to the sport of wheelchair tennis. It will be presented to an individual or group that has been instrumental in providing opportunities to wheelchair players through the development of programs that promote the growth of wheelchair tennis at the section or national level.
Nominations will be solicited from the tennis community; the winner will be selected by the USA Wheelchair Tennis Committee and Staff. Nominations are due Sept. 15, 2016.
Robert Gorden, Wheelchair Tennis
Established as perpetual large etched piece of crystal on an elegant base with room to inscribe names of annual winners, and a replica of the trophy is given to the winner. Perpetual award is housed at White Plains Headquarters and during US Open the award is displayed in the US Open gallery.
The Brad Parks Award was established in 2002. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the game of wheelchair tennis and was named after Brad Parks, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis and the first wheelchair tournament champion, who has been instrumental in the development of wheelchair tennis around the world. The award is presented at the Awards Luncheon during the USTA Annual Meeting to an individual or group that has provided opportunities to wheelchair players through the development of programs that promote the growth of wheelchair tennis at the sectional or national level. The recipient may be involved through playing, coaching, sponsoring, or promoting wheelchair tennis. Each annual recipient’s name will be added to the permanent trophy, which will be housed at the USTA National Tennis Center, and a replica will be given to the recipient.
2002 Randy Snow
2003 Jim Rackett
2004 Bruce Karr
2005 Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association
2006 Jeanie Peabody
2007 Michael L. Mercier
2008 Dr. Bal Moore
2009 Bill Hammett
2010 Annette and Jim Buck
2011 Dean Oba
2012 Rick Draney
2013 City of Mission Viejo, Calif.
2014 *Not awarded due to change in timeline
2015 Harlon Matthews
2016 Anthony Lara
2017 Gene Orglando