Fall Award Winners
USTA Midwest | November 16, 2017
Congratulations to the following individuals who will be recognized for their service to the game at an awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 during the USTA/Midwest Section Annual Meeting.
Mel Bergman Award: Jonelle Smith
Smith has been an influential force for tennis at all levels, starting with her local community where she was Girls’ Varsity Tennis Coach for Frankfort Senior High School from 1979-2005. She also was the summer tennis director for the City of Frankfort Park from 1992-2008. She was inducted into the Indiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
Smith has been a volunteer for the Midwest Section for more than 25 years, serving on multiple committees and as President from 2012-2013. She was president of the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation from 2014-2015. ADVERTISEMENT Prior to serving at the Section level, Smith was President of the USTA Central Indiana District from 1994-1995. She received the Section Stanley Malless Award in 1998 in recognition for her service to her district.
Stanley Malless Award: Dominic Giacomini
Giacomini has been teaching tennis to young players in the Springfield, Ill. community since the 1970’s. He and his wife have offered the Giacomini Tennis Academy for 15 years; a summer program that provides free instruction for youth from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Giacomini started teaching when his daughters began playing tennis. He helped start the girls’ tennis team at his daughter’s school and went on to coach tennis at the University of Illinois Springfield from 1991-2007. He also coached at Lincoln Land Community College. Giacomini recently received the 2017 USTA Mid-South Illinois District’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
Family of the Year Award: The Farah Family
Paul and Marcia Farah have been supporting tennis in the Flint, Mich. community and the entire USTA Northeastern Michigan District for many years. Paul was Assistant Boys’ Tennis Coach at Flint Powers Catholic High School and was Assistant Coach for both the boys and girls at Flint Southwestern Academy High School. He served as the district’s President and currently is Vice President for the USTA/Midwest Section Board of Directors.
Marcia has helped support tennis at the schools, helping plan team events and recruiting students (and parent support). She also assists the district in recruiting volunteers. Their sons, Paul Jr. and David, both played collegiate tennis and were competitive players for their district and the Midwest Section. Paul was named a 2016 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Promoter of the Year recipient for his efforts to raise awareness of college tennis. David has served as volunteer on both the Tennis On Campus and Collegiate committees for the USTA/Midwest Section.