Missouri Valley

Gold Star Awards

November 04, 2020

In honor of our 100th anniversary in 2020, the USTA Missouri Valley will be recognizing 100 deserving tennis providers, players, partners and more across our section throughout the year.


Selected nominees will be given a Gold Star award, recognizing them for the contributions they are making to support and grow the game in the USTA Missouri Valley based on specific program areas and attributes. 


These recognized recipients will be given a choice of items to keep as a personal gift, a plaque to display, and recognition on USTA.com.


Here are the Gold Star Award recipients we awarded in 2020: 


Heart of America: 

April - Eric Thacker

April - Overland Park Racquet Club

May - KJO Media

May - Stephanie Waterman Foundation

June - Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine

June - Melissa DeGasperi

July - Arlene Frye

July - Brandon Cusick
August - Barb Meigs

August - Vick Newson

September - Marianne McGrath

September - Scott Hanover

October - Kathy Loepp

October - Susan True



April - April - Michael Shires

April - Special Olympics Iowa

May - LifeTime Athletic

May - Brenton Kuchera

June - Becky Sorg

June - Melissa Clarke-Wharff

July - Ames Fitness Center

July - Carol Ward

August - Lawrence Eyre

August - Nicole Berger

September - Jim Huneke

October - Paula Richter

October - Waukon Parks & Recreation

October - Camp Excel Leadership Academy



April - Christine Little

April - Kathy Schulte

May - Jan Krisik

May - Jessica Wells

June - Bob Bundy

June - Sara Rasmussen

July - Janie Bremyer

July - Sharon and Dave Zimmerman

August - 18&U McPherson Junior Team Tennis Team

August - Bob Keeshan

September - Erika Richardson

September - Mary Kessinger Wassom

October - Karen Jargo

October - Heather Kneeland



April - Jason Smith

April - Springfield Boys and Girls Club

May - Optimist Club of Rolla

May - Special Olympics Missouri

June - Anne Vogel

June - Trisha Denzer

July - Monett Public Schools

July - Kyle Wartick/Cooper Tennis Complex

August - Camdenton Parks & Recreation

August - Springfield Lasers

September - Jean Larrick

September - Southwest Baptist University

October - Scott Maple

October - Tami Murphy

October - Larry Huitt



April - Matt Wiemers

April - Woods Tennis Center

May - Darren Emerick

May - Larry Newton

June - Justin Bigsby

June - Troy Saulsbury

July - Josh Budler

July - Bellevue Parks and Rec

August - Omaha Clay Courts Association

August - Omaha Tennis Buddies

September - Omaha Tennis Association

September - University of Nebraska - Kearney Women's Tennis Team

October - Chris Foster

October - Kevin Heim



April - Carmen Bond

April - Chris Ridgeway

April - First Serve OKC

May - Brody Queal

May - Tulsa Sports Commission

June - Jenny Crow

June - Sergeant Major Kenneth Powell

July - Angie Koumaris

July - Lori Swindell

August - Britton Christian Church Tennis Academy

August -  Melissa McCorkle

September - Eric Wedemeyer

September - Santa Fe Family Life Center

October - Dawna Johnston

October - Ellie Bailey


St. Louis: 

April - Maya Martin

April - Scott Stinson

May - Connie Weiss

May - Net Rushers

June - Corley Ward/Woodsmill Racquet Club

June - Tracy Carlson

July - Max Shapiro

July - James Humphrey

August - Emily Cimarolli

August - Brent Gruno

September - Ken Hayden

September - Sam Shouldis

October - Dwight Davis Tennis Center

October - Judy Dippold


More announcements to come each month! Check back here throughout the year to see the growing list of 100 Gold Star Award recipients that we are honoring in 2020.

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