Missouri Valley / Kansas

USTA Kansas Player Wins Quarterly Junior Sportsmanship Award

Sydney Hamilton | July 26, 2022

Sportsmanship is the backbone of sports, and tennis is no different. Displays of good sportsmanship help make playing fun, not fearful–which is especially important for junior players figuring out their love for the game at a young age.


It’s never too early to start teaching our junior players the importance of good sportsmanship, as its positive effects are far-reaching–both on and off the court. As such, USTA Missouri Valley likes to recognize junior players who exemplify the best in sportsmanship with the quarterly Junior Sportsmanship Award.


To be eligible for the award, male and female players in each age group (boys and girls 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18) are nominated by coaches, peers, officials, and others who have witnessed the player consistently practice positive leadership in tennis or in the community, as well as displaying good sportsmanship at tournaments or during leagues or circuits, throughout the year. Nominees must be USTA members and must not have had any Code of Conduct violations in the last 12 months.


USTA Kansas is proud to announce that Hitha Gangala of Wichita was one of the winners of the Junior Sportsmanship Awards for the second quarter of the year! We hope you’ll join us in congratulating Hitha on a job well done, and rally with us to encourage them to continue keeping up the positivity into the next season and beyond.


Great job, Hitha!


If you’d like to nominate a player for the annual USTA Kansas Awards, please click here for more information.



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