2021 Mid-Atlantic Creates Award Winners Announced
USTA Mid-Atlantic creates community, character, and well-being. Each year, USTA Mid-Atlantic honors our members, players, providers, and organizers that support and grow tennis in the Section and are excelling at many levels to go above and beyond for tennis and the well-being of others.
This year, USTA Mid-Atlantic turned to the tennis community to nominate outstanding individuals and community providers for the “USTA Mid-Atlantic Creates” awards.
With more than 120 nominations poured in over the three-week nomination period, we are inspired and excited to celebrate the leaders of all ages among us in the Mid-Atlantic Section. The commitment to tennis from individuals, providers and the facilities in the Section has not gone unnoticed and we are thrilled to introduce the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Creates Award winners who are making an impact on and off the court.
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Community Champion Award: Kim Fleming has organized USTA Mid-Atlantic Leagues for Harford County, Maryland for more than 10 years. As an avid tennis player, she has been playing since childhood and is energetic and passionate about growing the sport in her local community. As a local league ambassador, she wants people to get into tennis and strives to make it a great experience for all.
Provider Champion Award: Forrest Lodge is the Program Manager for Sportable, an adaptive sports club, in Richmond, Virginia. They are on a mission to create opportunities and transform the lives of those with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport. In 2021, Sportable hosted their first USTA wheelchair tournament, the River City Slam, in May. It brought in 56 tennis players from around the country and was described by one veteran tennis player as “the best tournament ever.”
Youth Leader Award: Gauri Muliyil is a committed tennis player and volunteer with the Baltimore Tennis Patrons in Baltimore, Maryland. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she used her sewing skills to make several hundred masks for employees at a defense organization and volunteered with Johns Hopkins Aceing for Autism tennis program. This summer, Gauri is co-leading Baltimore Tennis Patrons tennis camps for low-income youth. She is spreading the love of tennis across Baltimore City.
Adult Leader Award: Ruth Ann Bates has captained many USTA League teams across the Richmond, Virginia area. She has been particularly instrumental in welcoming new players to the sport. She has organized over 50 social league tennis events at the Midlothian Athletic Club to give new players a chance to experience and have fun with tennis. Her passion for tennis is infectious and she continues to make a difference on and off the court.
Tennis in the Classroom: Brittanie Cahua helped develop and launch Baltimore Tennis Patrons' inaugural Virtual Tennis Classrooms during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brittanie served as both the on-court model for a video-based series and the Live Head Coach teaching at-home-virtual classes to many low-income youth and families in Baltimore City. Each class followed a script that included a design your ball art contest, stretching, hand-eye coordination drills, sending and receiving skills with the racquet and ball, and tennis trivia. Her tennis in the classroom activities will live on in the memories of many children for years to come.
Coach of the Year: Logan West is growing the sport in Washington D.C. for all youth players that are interested in learning tennis. Logan has changed the culture of the Girls’ and Boys’ varsity tennis programs at the Sidwell Friends School. He continues to motivate and push his athletes to be the best they can be. His motto for his athletes is GRIT & GRIND - this ensures that they are working hard not only in their athletics but their academics as well.
Congratulations to all these incredible and inspiring winners. The 2021 USTA Mid-Atlantic award winners will receive their award and recognition at Citi Open on Tuesday, August 3.
USTA Mid-Atlantic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to promoting tennis and its physical, social, and emotional health benefits. Learn about our impact in the Section and how USTA Mid-Atlantic creates community, character, and well-being.