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USTA Heart of America

Hall of Fame;

Award Winners Announced

USTA Heart of America  |  October 19, 2017
USTA tennis awards

The USTA Heart of America is proud to announce its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. This year, the USTA Heart of America is recognizing two people who have served the game of tennis through their play, dedication to volunteerism and their passion for improving the game.  The inductees are Bruce Baldwin and Susan Nealy.  Both of these individuals have given so much to the Heart of America.  


Bruce Baldwin has served as President, vice president of adults, and Treasurer.  In addition, he was instrumental in the implementation of Tennislink in USTA Heart of America as well as the formation of the League District Championships. 


Susan has been involved in all areas of leadership in the District including secretary, treasurer, and currently vice president of Adults.  She has been actively involved in USTA Leagues both at the section level and the district level. 



The folllowing individuals and organizations were also named as USTA Heart of America's 2017 award winners. 


Facility of the Year:   JayhawkTennis Center

Member Organization:  Genesis Health & Tennis – Overland Park

Family of the Year:   Shinn Family

Junior Player of the Year – Female:  Brooklyn Olson

Junior Player of the Year – Male:  Nam Pham

Adult Player of the Year – Female:  Valerie Marks

Adult Player of the Year – Male:  Daniel De Zamacona

Outstanding Junior Tournament:  OPRC B/G 12-18 Clay Court Championship

Outstanding Adult/Senior Tournament: USTA National 65-75-85 Indoor

High School Coach:   Tom O’Brien

Media Excellence:   Karen Kornacki

Contributor to USTA Tennis Youth Programs: Mike Jones

Contributor to Youth High Performance: Anthony Perkins

Contributor to USTA Leagues:  Nancy Hougland

Official of the Year:   Frank Norfleet

Recreational Player of the Year – Female: Aimee Claassen

Recreational Player of the Year – Male: Thomas Ohnemus

Outstanding Diversity:  Pam Kopplin

Distinguished Service:  Terry Miller  

Stephanie Waterman Jr Sportsmanship–Male: Ethan Henry

Stephanie Waterman Jr Sportsmanship–Female: Maggie Fielder

Shawna Froeschl Adult Sportsmanship-Male: Bob Hoog

Shawna Froeschl Adult Sportsmanship–Female: Lori Zacharias-Verdi

Volunteer of the Year:  Nathan Turtledove

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Girls 12: Lily Mason

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Girls 14: Eleanor Schaeffer

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Girls 16: Alisa Prinyarux

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Girls 18: Evelyn Chang

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Boys 12: Nick Koca

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Boys 14: Buzz Stevens

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Boys 16: Cole Hopkins

Outstanding Sportsmanship – Boys 18: Raghav Gupta


Please join us in honoring these Hall of Fame inductees and award winners at the USTA Heart of America Hall of Fame Induction on Tuesday, November 14, at the Hallbrook Country Club.  For ticket information, please contact Pat Sibenaller


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