In their own words: Becki Wortham on her tennis community
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the USTA also celebrates those in the Hispanic community whose dedication to the sport as USTA volunteers helps to keep our game growing strong. There are more than 350 national volunteers from all 17 USTA sections, and while it would be difficult to recognize every Hispanic leader here, we’re thrilled to be able to highlight these volunteer leaders, in their own words, whose contributions, influence and enthusiasm continue to push this organization and this sport forward. In this installment, longtime volunteer Becki Wortham reflects on what tennis means to her.
I began playing tennis 30 years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the game.
Now, I’m on the court playing in a league every day of the week except Sunday. While I’m an avid player, I’ve also captained as many as five leagues in one season—and my love for this game has spread to off the court, too. As a volunteer in tennis, I’m on the board of the San Antonio Tennis Association, and for the Texas section, on the Management Committee. As a USTA official, I enjoy transferring the love of the game to our younger generation. I also help to coach my grandchildren in tennis—bringing this great game to the newest generations.
We have a terrific tennis “family” here in San Antonio, where I’m a retired Registered Nurse. I was the league coordinator for the San Antonio Tennis Association in 2015, when we were recognized with a USTA National award for the most growth in leagues in the U.S.
I’ve been able to be involved with many groups in this sport, including taking part in the National USTA Training Advisory Group, Cohort Leadership Development, S.A. Women in Leadership and espnW: Women + Sports, to mention a few.
Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to have many mentors and leaders to guide me. My first mentor in this sport, Margaret Canby, is now 90 years young and ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 2 in singles in the U.S. She continues to give back her time to this wonderful game for a healthy lifestyle.
USTA Texas has also been a driving force for this game, as a multi-generational, multicultural organization that provides structure and support for all to have fun, be healthy and share the pride in their heritage. With a large and growing presence in the tennis industry, it’s important that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage, not just during this month, but all year long.
With the inspired guidance of people like Margaret and organizations like USTA Texas and the San Antonio Tennis Association, I’m proud to be giving back to the community in many ways, and especially with my involvement in tennis—the sport for a lifetime.