Serve It Forward Awards 2020

May 28, 2020

Each year, USTA Mid-Atlantic turns to the tennis community to nominate outstanding members, players, and providers deserving of recognition as part of the Section’s Awards Program. 2020 has already proven to be a year unlike any other with challenges we’ve never experienced before. Yet there is no shortage of individuals and organizations from our region that have stepped up to help keep the community connected and healthy through tennis during the pandemic.


This inspired USTA Mid-Atlantic to take the annual Section awards program in a different direction. Introducing the 2020 #ServeItForward Awards.


The 2020 USTA Mid-Atlantic #ServeItForward Awards aims to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to serve the community, their neighbors, and/or their teammates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards program aligns with the new #ServeItForward campaign recently launched in the Mid-Atlantic to support tennis and celebrate the power of the sport to improve lives. 


Nominations are now OPEN and can be made through this form. We encourage you to submit multiple nominations for any and all deserving individuals and organizations that meet the criteria listed below for the awards categories. And don’t forget to share and encourage others to nominate as well! 

The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1. An internal award committee will review nominations and select winners who will be presented their award in a virtual award ceremony live on Facebook.

For questions and more information, please contact Megan Driscoll at driscoll@mas.usta.com.


Mid-Atlantic Serve It Forward 2020 Awards Categories and Details:


Community Champion  

- Individual Award

- Open to all ages

- Must be a participant in USTA Mid-Atlantic tennis events/programming

Recognizing a Mid-Atlantic player who has gone above and beyond to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Youth Leader Award

- Individual Award

- Age 17 and under

- Must be a participant in USTA Mid-Atlantic section JTT, Tournaments, and/or school tennis team and/or a youth associated with a Mid-Atlantic organization (CTA/NJTL), or Mid-Atlantic youth recreation programs (after school, summer camp, or middle school program)

Recognizing a Mid-Atlantic youth tennis player who has gone above and beyond to encourage everyone to stay connected to the sport on and off the court. This award is given to someone who has demonstrated leadership skills during the COVID-19 pandemic and suspended play. 


Adult Leader Award

- Individual Award

- Age 18 and older

- Must be a participant in USTA Leagues, Tournaments, Adult Social programming, TOC, College Play, and/or High School tennis in the Mid-Atlantic Section

Recognizing a Mid-Atlantic adult tennis player who has gone above and beyond to encourage everyone to stay connected to the sport on and off the court. This award is given to someone who has demonstrated leadership skills during the COVID-19 pandemic and suspended play. 


Business Leader 

- Organization Award

- A Mid-Atlantic business aligned with Tennis and/or associated with a tennis player in the Mid-Atlantic section.

Recognizing a Mid-Atlantic business that has stepped up in the community to serve those that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This award is given to a business that has been nominated by people within their community. 


Tennis at Home Provider Champion

- Individual Award

- A Mid-Atlantic provider that is in good standing with their USTA Safe Play certification

- Must offer USTA Mid-Atlantic programs at their facility and/or incorporates USTA curriculum 

Recognizing a provider in the Mid-Atlantic that has continued to encourage all players to stay connected to tennis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether that is through social media, email communication, weekly fitness tips, and/or check-ins. This award will be given to a provider who continues to influence tennis in their community virtually.


Rockstar PE Teacher

- Individual Award

- Mid-Atlantic Physical Education Teachers

- Nominations open for those who teach grades K-12

Recognizing teachers that go above and beyond to keep their students active while learning from home.


Nominate today! 


Learn more about USTA Mid-Atlantic Section’s #ServeItForward campaign, and how you can get involved.  


To find information on past USTA Mid-Atlantic Section award winners, click here.


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