2020 USTA Eastern Annual Award Winners

December 10, 2020

Although 2020 has not been a typical year by any stretch, USTA Eastern still wants to honor the remarkable achievements of those within our community. These individuals and organizations demonstrate what makes the Eastern section so unique and innovative. Please join us in congratulating our 2020 recipients for all their hard work in growing and promoting the sport—especially during such an unmistakably challenging time.


Click here for a list of all awards and their official descriptions.

Click here to look back at all of our award winners in each category since 1998.


2020 USTA Eastern Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ingrid Rehwinkel (New Jersey Region)
Leslie J. FitzGibbon Tennis Man of the Year Award: Daniel Burgess (Long Island Region)
Tennis Woman of the Year Award: Adrienne Alteri (Western Region)
Tennis Family of the Year Award: The Perry Family (Western Region)
Member Organization of the Year Award: Empire Tennis Academy (Western Region)
Courage Award (Adult): Mary-Margaret Sohns (Northern Region)
Courage Award (Junior): Gavin Vander Schaaf (Long Island Region)
George Seewagen Award: Debbie Miller (Western Region)
Louise Cilla Award: Joan Manfredi-Carter (Long Island Region)
Clinician of the Year Award: Laramie Gavin (Western Region)
Virginia and Chuck Landis High School Coach of the Year Award: Mike Mitchell (New Jersey Region)
Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award: Domingo Montes (Northern Region)
Fran Osei Community Service Award: Greater Newark Tennis & Education (New Jersey Region)
Service to People with Disabilities Award: Tennis Serving Vets (Southern Region)
Umpire Service Award: Tina Nabinger (Western Region)
Corporate Service Award: Sportime Clubs LLC 
Press Service Award: Jeff Williams, Newsday (Long Island Region)
10 & Under Award: East Brunswick Racquet Club (New Jersey Region)
Junior Team Tennis Award: Alexander Bessarabov (Metro Region)
Collegiate Award: Ithaca College (Western Region)
USTA League Award: Susan D'Alessandro and Allan Silverstein (Long Island Region)
Long Island Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Michelle Stoerback (Long Island Region)
Metro Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Sharon Simmonds (Metro Region)
New Jersey Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Ashley Caldwell (New Jersey Region)
Northern Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Dan Blanchfield (Northern Region)
Southern Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Johnny Benoit (Southern Region)
Western Region Volunteer of the Year Award: Lydia Varón (Western Region)
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