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.




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