2018 AWARD HONOREES
USTA Midwest | January 3, 2019
We are proud to announce the 2018 USTA/Midwest Section Award Honorees. Award recipients will be honored at a breakfast on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in Indianapolis during the USTA/Midwest Section Annual Meeting. Congratulations to the following recipients of these honors!
USTA/MIDWEST SECTION MEL BERGMAN AWARD: DON HARRIS
Recognition of continuous and distinguished service to the USTA/Midwest Section for at least ten years
Don Harris of Ottawa, Ill., has been named the recipient of the 2018 USTA/Midwest Section Mel Bergman Award, the Section’s most prestigious award. Harris has been an influential force for tennis at all levels. He was introduced to the sport in a local city recreation program, developing as a player and receiving a scholarship to play Division I tennis for Bradley University for four years, there awarded the Collegiate Athletes of America Award during each of his final three years. ADVERTISEMENT Harris began to serve the sport through volunteer administration as he continued to play tennis. Harris’ professional experience as Chairman, CEO and President of First National Bancshares, Inc., provided an opportunity for him to share his banking and finance background in tennis administration at the USTA/Midwest Section and District levels.
Harris has volunteered for the USTA/Midwest Section for 25 years. His years of service included serving as the Association’s President in 2016 and 2017, Delegate at Large, Treasurer, Board liaison to various committees, and member of several committees. He continues to serve on the USTA/Midwest Section Board and is the Section’s voting Delegate at USTA meetings.
Harris is currently serving as President of the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation, the charitable arm of the USTA/Midwest Section. At the District level, he served on the Northern Illinois Tennis Association Board of Directors from 1985-2000 and was appointed President from 1989-1992. At the USTA national level, Harris served on the Schools Committee from 2009-2010, USTA Tennis on Campus Committee from 2011-2014, and USTA Schools and After School Committee from 2015-2016.
USTA/MIDWEST SECTION STANLEY MALLESS AWARD: AMY RICHMOND
Recognition of an individual who has contributed to the development of tennis programs from the grassroots up for five years
Amy Richmond of Milwaukee, Wis., has been named the recipient of the 2018 USTA/Midwest Section Stanley Malless Award which recognizes a tennis volunteer for distinguished service in his or her USTA/Midwest Section District.
Richmond has a great passion for tennis, and has been giving back to the sport in the Milwaukee area for several years. She has served on the Wisconsin Tennis Association Board of Directors for approximately ten years. Richmond has also served on the following Wisconsin Tennis Association committees: Management, Marketing and Promotions, Historian, Recreation and Grants, and Awards.
Richmond coordinates the Wisconsin Tennis Association’s community events which include hosting a tennis booth/exhibition at Summerfest Sports Zone in Milwaukee each year. Thousands of youth and adults have been introduced to the lifetime sport of tennis during this annual summer festival’s sports area. Richmond’s dedication and service to tennis are also demonstrated through her coordination of and participation in the USTA League Tennis program in the Milwaukee area. She is a former high school tennis coach in Milwaukee and volunteer with the Badger Tennis Club which serves children from Central Milwaukee.
In addition to service at the local and District levels, Richmond is also active at the USTA/Midwest Section where she has served on the USTA/Midwest League Committee for ten years. Richmond’s dedication and service resulted in being named the 2015 Wisconsin Tennis Association Bill Letwin Award recipient for outstanding achievement, dedication and service to tennis. She also received the 2003 Wisconsin Tennis Association Rollie Mueller Award for her commitment to excellence in the interest of tennis.
USTA/MIDWEST SECTION FAMILY OF THE YEAR AWARD: BOB HILBORN AND KIM CARR-HILBORN FAMILY
Recognition of a family that has contributed the most toward tennis through the years
The Bob Hilborn and Kim Carr-Hilborn Family of Columbus, Ohio, has been named the recipient of the 2018 USTA/Midwest Section Family of the Year Award, which. All family members are involved in tennis, serving their local area or USTA district in promoting and perpetuating the development of the game at all levels.
Bob and his wife Kim have been supporting and growing tennis in the greater Columbus community for many years, and they are co-owners of Scarborough East Tennis Club in Columbus. They are committed to providing USTA tennis programming for juniors and adults at their club, being innovators at their club installing permanent 36/60 tennis courts and PlaySight SmartCourts, and their entire family also participates on a regular basis in the lifetime sport.
In addition to serving as co-owner, Bob is also the manager at Scarborough East Tennis Club where the club has introduced juniors and adults (including current nationally ranked junior tennis player Danny Thomas and former professional tennis player Lilia Osterloh) to the lifetime sport of tennis for approximately 40 years. He is the Co-Founder of the Pickerington Youth Athletic Tennis Association, served on the Ohio Valley Tennis Association Board of Directors, and served on the Greater Columbus Tennis Association Board of Directors. Bob has coordinated USTA League teams for adults and seniors for 30 years, and has coordinated USTA Junior Team Tennis teams for youth for 20 years.
Kim served on the Board for the Pickerington Youth Athletic Tennis Association for many years. She was involved with her children’s junior tennis careers which included playing high school tennis, the USTA Junior Team Tennis program, and USTA tournaments. Kim has coached USTA Junior Team Tennis teams in her area for approximately ten years.
All seven of their children played junior tennis which included participation in the USTA Junior Team Tennis program and on their high school teams. Two of the children, Evan and Blaine, are now teaching tennis, and Blaine is currently playing collegiate tennis at Northern Kentucky University. Five of their other children (Staci, Mandi, Jessica, Kyle and Tara) played collegiate tennis and all are currently playing as adults. All of their children have also given back to tennis by volunteering with the Pickerington Youth Athletic Tennis Association or Greater Columbus Tennis Association.