Grassroots tennis awards given at 2023 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference

March 06, 2023

Eight advocates for the sport of tennis at the grassroots and local levels were honored with seven awards at the 2023 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. 


The USTA presented annual honors of the following awards: Adaptive Tennis Award, Barbara Williams Service Award, Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award, League Volunteer Award, National Junior Scholar Athlete, NJTL of the Year Award and Outstanding Featured Facility.


“We are proud to celebrate these outstanding individuals and organizations for their ongoing efforts to help grow the game of tennis across the country,” Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA, said. “From adaptive tennis and stellar leadership to volunteers and community outreach in under-served communities, each awardee has truly made a difference in their communities through their passion and commitment. We applaud all of you for this well-deserved recognition.”


For more on each recipient, follow the links below. View photos of each award-winner who attended the event in the gallery below.


Adaptive Tennis Award: Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis of Highland Park (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

Barbara Williams Service Award: Pam Sloan (Stockton, Calif.)

Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award: Nicholas Chen (Oakland, Calif.)

League Volunteer Award: Bonnie Vandegrift (Asheville, N.C.)

National Junior Scholar Athlete: Masato Perera (Santa Barbara, Calif.) & Sophia Wang (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

NJTL of the Year Award: First Serve - New Mexico (Santa Fe, N.M.)

Outstanding Featured Facility Award: Edmond Center Court (Edmond, Okla.)

The USTA Annual Meeting and Conference brings together USTA leadership, national staff, national committee members and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis.

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