January 1, 2018
On Saturday, January 27, USTA Eastern celebrated the athletic achievements and sportsmanship of our leading junior tournament players during our Junior Awards Luncheon at the 2018 Eastern Tennis Conference.
This award presentation was full of pomp this year and we want to extend a special thanks to our luncheon sponsor Mount Sinai Health System and Dr. Alexis Chiang Colvin, Chief Medical Officer for the US Open and team physician for the U.S. Fed Cup team, for joining us and making this a grand occasion.
The highlight of the luncheon was when our featured speaker, Collette V. Smith, the first-ever female coach hired by the New York Jets and the first African-American woman to be a coach for the National Football League, took charge of the podium. Ms. Smith was a big hit with the players and their families as she spoke passionately about starting to break down the gender barrier in football and encouraged our juniors to always have a winning attitude both on and off the court. ADVERTISEMENT
Be sure to click here to view the FiOS1 News feature about the luncheon.
USTA Eastern is committed to providing a positive atmosphere for tennis players across the section. Throughout the year, USTA Eastern will be sanctioning select tournaments as “#KindTennis Tournaments,” where we will have on-site activations to celebrate what it means to be a good sport. These activations include contests asking players to describe what good sportsmanship means to them, fun photo opportunities, giveaways and prizes. In addition, we’ll have #KindTennis ambassadors at these designated tournaments who will identify and reward good sports. Check back in to this page for updates, recognition and news surrounding this campaign.
USTA Junior Player Promise
I recognize that tennis is a sport that places the responsibility for fair play on me. I promise to abide by the rules of the game, which require me to give the benefit of the doubt to my opponent. At all times I shall strive to compete with the true spirit of sportsmanship, recognizing that my behavior on the court is a direct reflection of my character. Whether this match ends with my victory or defeat, I promise to conduct myself in a way that honors my opponent(s), my team, those who support me, and the game of tennis.