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Midwest / Central Indiana

2021 District Awards

Judy Tilmont, USTA Central Indiana Executive Director | November 09, 2021

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, USTA Central Indiana hosted our 2021 Awards Presentation Breakfast. Appropriately held in the Midwest Tennis Hall of Fame, attendees were representative of the best advocates for the game that the district can offer.

 

Our Board, Past Presidents and friends and family of the award recipients all gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the honorees. We were pleased to honor the award winners below.

Barbara S. Wynne Junior Sportsmanship Award

Presented to Evelyn Cougill

 

This award is given to the outstanding junior female player who best exhibits a high degree of sportsmanship, playing ability, and excellent mental attitude, and who works to promote the game of tennis.

 

Evelyn, a senior at Brownsburg High School and who plays on their tennis team, was nominated for this award by her JTT coach, Steve Schneider. In his nomination, Steve stated, “Evelyn constantly shows excellence in mental attitude and sportsmanship in her style of play. Nothing seems to phase her. She plays with a smile! She’s a role model and leader to the other team players because of her calming style, especially to the boys who often seem to get frustrated when missing a shot. Evelyn is the perfect embodiment of what the Barbara Wynne Award stands for."

 


Wilbur Schumacher Junior Sportsmanship Memorial Award

Presented to Brett Barnes

 

This award is given to the outstanding junior male player who best exhibits a high degree of sportsmanship and playing ability, an excellent mental attitude, and who works to promote the game of tennis.

 

Brett is a senior at Westfield High School where he played #1 Singles this year. Nominated by his coach, Tony Peters, Tony said, "Brett has been a varsity tennis player for WHS the last three years. In my 20 years of coaching, Brett has one of the best attitudes and work ethic I have ever coached. I am pretty sure everyone on my varsity team has asked to play doubles with Brett over the last few seasons. Although he is a talented and very successful player, it is his attitude and sportsmanship that sets him apart from other players."

 


Joe Graham Memorial Award

Presented to Tiffany Squires

 

This award is given to a USTA Central Indiana League Captain who 1. Excels as a captain, player, and supporter of the USTA league program; 2. Demonstrates honesty, sincerity, loyalty, good sportsmanship, and leadership; 3. Is committed to growing tennis.

 

Tiffany was nominated by teammate, Josh Hague. “Tiffany has been an exceptional captain. From handling the normal administrative task of captaincy, working with her team to find positive player fits, motivating, and encouraging her team, and organizing off the court activities, Tiffany has made the team an incredibly fun experience. I have played substantially more tennis because of her leadership.”

 


Brad Holmes Award

Presented to Jane Duesterberg

 

This award recognizes a volunteer within the Central Indiana Tennis District who continually strives to promote youth tennis, primarily at the local level. Typical activities would include those who have started new tennis programs or run after-school or off-season tennis programs.

 

Jane is from the Evansville area and is the Program Coordinator for the Evansville Middle School Boys and Girls league. Judy Tilmont, Executive Director for USTA Central Indiana, nominated Jane for this award stating, "Jane has been managing and organizing the Evansville Middle School league since 2018, when Tony Richardson gave it up. She has as many as 20 teams that she recruits coaches for. She schedules all of the matches including a year-end tournament. These teams are all feeder programs for their high schools so Jane must balance the middle school schedule with the high school as well. She also does awards, holds a coach's meeting at the beginning and end of each season. Jane's program is approximately 150 players, twice a year."

 


Rick Van Horn Service Award

Presented to Jim Mackell

 

This award is given to an individual within the Central Indiana Tennis District who continually strives to promote tennis, primarily on the local level.  Typical activities would include service on local/district committees and volunteer activities to promote and grow the game of tennis.

 

Jim Mackell was nominated by friend and teammate, John Demaree. John nominated Jim because Jim runs the NJTL summer program, along with his son Steve. He is a quiet leader that is steadily there for the kids. Jim genuinely cares for these kids and understands the importance and impact that bringing tennis into their life can have. Jim is a good person who quietly and consistently volunteers his time to help others.

 


Stan Malless Award

Presented to Heidi Yates

 

This award recognizes the volunteer who has made the greatest contribution to tennis in the Central Indiana District.  Typically, this person would have been actively involved in distinctive service for five or more years.

 

Heidi has been a member of the Adult League Committee since 2014, leading to her nomination by Toby Gaynor. Toby highlighted Heidi’s volunteer efforts with the following narrative: "If Heidi did not take on the role of captain, there would be several men's teams that would not have run. Seemingly everyone wants to play, but not many want the hassle of dealing with the reality of people. Heidi attended training in Toledo to become a cardio tennis instructor. Cardio tennis allegedly is the fastest-growing segment as relates to tennis participation. She has served on the Adult League Community for no less than five years. Her service has included preparing for Captains' Meeting, facilitating ball distribution & league playoffs, as well as supporting new initiatives and league offerings (social events, Tri-Level leagues). Heidi has engaged new players through 'Hitting with Heidi' and by running cardio and Start/Restart classes."

 


USTA Central Indiana Presidential Award

Presented to Steve Wakefield

 

This award is given at the discretion of the President of the Central Indiana Board for extraordinary service to the district and the game of tennis. This is not an annual award but rather a meritorious one.

 

Steve has spent his 45+ year tennis career in service to the district. He is a certified tennis referee and umpire, and a lifelong member of the United States Tennis Association. He has run international, national, sectional, district, and local junior tournaments for 43 years as a tournament director and referee. He has received the Cap Leighton Award from the USTA/Midwest Section, the Stan Malless Award from USTA Central Indiana and is a member do the IHSTeCA Hall of Fame since 2014. We are grateful and honored to have awarded Steve Wakefield the Presidential Award this year.

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