2020 Community Champions: City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis and Pickleball Center named USTA Member Organization of the Year
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On Dec. 2, the USTA's Celebrating Community Champions virtual event honored 2020 award-winners in a variety of service-based categories. In the absence of a 2020 USTA Annual Meeting, each honoree received a surprise virtual call from a tennis legend as a thank-you for their contributions to growing the game of tennis.
The City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis and Pickleball Center is the recipient of the 2020 USTA Member Organization of the Year Award, given annually to an organization that provides outstanding service to its members and to the local community.
The City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center serves as one of Florida’s premier city-operated public tennis facilities, offering programming for all players of all levels, along with various USTA leagues and tournaments. The facility’s slogan, “We Are Family,” expresses the spirit of the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center. The center is known as an exceptional facility embracing diversity and inclusion for tennis players of all ages and abilities, serving as the main local tennis center for both children and adults with special needs in the City of Palm Beach Gardens. The tennis center is the home to Love Serving Autism and Jamie’s Angels (for kids with disabilities) to host their programming as well as weekly wheelchair classes for youth and adults.
Under the leadership of operations manager Wendy Tatum, the City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center has grown to 18 Har-Tru courts serving over 600 members. The award-winning tennis center was recognized by USTA Florida in 2018 with the Member Organization of the Year Award and with the 2014 Outstanding Facility Award from USTA National.
“We are happy to recognize the City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center with this award for the remarkable work they do on a daily basis to promote and develop tennis for all,” said Craig Morris, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “They are an outstanding local tennis organization—or family, as their slogan states—that truly embraces diversity and inclusion for all tennis players no matter their age, level or background.”
The USTA Member Organization of the Year Award has been given annually since 1981.