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Missouri Valley / Heart Of America

Join Us in Congratulating These USTA Heart of America Award Winners

Sydney Hamilton | September 30, 2022


USTA Heart of America is the sum of its incredible parts: the players, both junior and adult, who go above and beyond on and off the court; the coaches who give their all to help their players achieve their dreams; the organizations that help foster interest and growth in the sport of tennis; and the facilities that host our leagues, tournaments, and other events each year. 

 

Without these players, coaches, organizations, and facilities, tennis in our district wouldn’t be what it is today–a thriving, exciting, accessible, and rapidly growing part of the USTA Missouri Valley section (and, of course, the USTA as a whole). That’s why, each year, we encourage our members to nominate those in our district who elevate the game at a local level for the annual USTA Heart of America Awards. For a list of 2022 awards criteria, please click here.

 

The following individuals, as well as those representing award-winning facilities and organizations, will be honored at the USTA Heart of America Annual Awards Dinner on November 9 at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, KS.

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2022 USTA Heart of America Award Winners

 

Stephanie Waterman Junior Sportsmanship - Female

Bryson Langford

 

Junior Player of the Year - Female

Audrey Spencer

 

Junior Player of the Year - Male

Cooper Woestendick

 

Emerging Jr Player of the Year – Female

Ella Wang

 

Emerging Jr Player of the Year - Male

Rishi Goli

 

Junior Sportsmanship Awards

Remi Jennings - Girls 10

Kynsey Smith – Girls 12

Neema Kimaku – Girls 14

Shelby Smith – Girls 16

Lera Alexin – Girls 18

Wyatt Markham – Boys 12

Micah Ward – Boys 14

Arjun Reiland – Boys 16

Christopher Smith Jr. – Boys 18

 

Adult Player of the Year - Female

Denise Chiao

 

Adult Player of the Year - Male

Grant Huddin

 

Adult Player - 4.0 & Below - Female

Jill Burgdorfer

 

Adult Player - 4.0 & Below - Male

Duane Strader

 

Shawna Froeschl Adult Sportsmanship - Male

Charles Wohlers

 

Shawna Froeschl Adult Sportsmanship - Female

Maria Andrew

 

Outstanding Contributor to USTA League Tennis

Connie Bennett

 

High School Coach

R. Scott Hanover

 

Outstanding Contributor to USTA Tennis Youth Programs

Christopher Claypool

 

Outstanding Contributor to Youth High Performance Program

Jared Ward

 

Outstanding Contributor to Junior Team Tennis

Kyle Aaron

 

Outstanding Official

Marvin Stringfellow

 

Family of the Year

The Marrs Family

 

Outstanding Diversity Achievement

Dr. Melissa Burns

 

Community Service Excellence

Katie Bolton Green

 

Volunteer of the Year

Chinmoy Dev

 

Facility of the Year

Overland Park Racquet Club

 

Member Organization

Genesis - KC

 

Outstanding Community Tennis Association

Stephanie Waterman Foundation

 

Outstanding Junior Tournament

L5 Jayhawk

 

Outstanding Adult/Senior Tournament

Husband & Wife

 

Event of the Year

Lob & Learn Pro-Am Event

 

Distinguished Service to USTA Heart of America

Deborah Fabrizius

 

From all of us at USTA Heart of America, CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for representing our district with great sportsmanship, coaching, community service, and for facilitating our many leagues and tournaments.

TOURNAMENTS NEAR YOU


PROGRAMS NEAR YOU


COACHES NEAR YOU


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