2018 new england
award winners announced
September 6, 2018
USTA NEW ENGLAND ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARD WINNERS TO BE HONORED AT TENNIS WEEKEND
WESTBOROUGH, MA- USTA (United States Tennis Association) New England is pleased to announce its 2018 Awards recipients for their dedication and commitment to growing the sport of tennis in their local communities. For the first time ever, winners will be honored at a luncheon ceremony at New England Tennis Weekend at the Boston Marriott in Newton, MA on November 17.
“USTA New England is grateful to have so many tennis enthusiasts dedicated to growing and developing tennis. To be selected from a field of such worthy nominees is a true honor, and we look forward to celebrating these deserving winners and all they’ve done to give back to the sport,” said USTA New England President and CEO, Peter Parrotta.
The luncheon will take place during Tennis Weekend’s closing ceremony on Saturday, November 17 at 12pm.ADVERTISEMENT
The 2018 Award winners are listed below:
Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year: Central Lincoln County (CLC) YMCA- Damariscotta, ME
The CLC YMCA is a staple in the Maine tennis community and truly demonstrates it’s a youth-first organization. The CLC YMCA provides tennis to more than 500 kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to play. From free and discounted lessons and physical education classes to parent/child play, the CLC YMCA offers ample tennis opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. Junior players never pay for court time and scholarships are available for all tennis programs.
Edwin Goodman Family of the Year: The Meyer Family- Camden, ME
Seth Meyer is the Director of Tennis at the Midcoast Recreation Center (MRC) in Rockport, ME. On top of his day-to-day duties, Meyer is a major advocate for youth tennis. He schedules local red, orange, green and yellow ball play opportunities and serves on a youth tennis task force to help create playing opportunities between all Maine facilities. His nine-year-old son, Will, is a passionate tennis player, and his wife, Erin, is an avid USTA League player. In addition, Seth’s father Bruce works at MRC as a pro, and his mother Carolyn organizes an annual tournament to raise money to prevent homelessness.
National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapter of the Year: New HYTEs- New Haven, CT
New HYTEs' mission is to enrich the lives and positively affect the futures of New Haven's economically disadvantaged youth through a program that incorporates life skills curriculum and academic supports, and promotes both character building and the health benefits of participation in athletics through tennis. Mavi Sanchez-Skakle is the leader behind the youth organization that runs successful programs such as Tennis Education and Mentoring, Tennis in the Neighborhood and Junior Team Tennis. New HYTEs was also the 2014 NJTL of the Year recipient.
Organization of the Year: River Valley Club- Lebanon, NH
Tennis at the River Valley Club (RVC) is bigger than it’s ever been with a wide range of instructional offerings as well as community outreach events to promote tennis to adults and children. RVC holds clinics for players of all ability levels as well as opportunities for players to create their own clinics to fine tune their skills and provide ways to keep growing individually and as a group. RVC currently sponsors 17 USTA League teams, seven of which reached at least the District Championships in 2018. RVC has also partnered with many local recreation centers to offer lessons to members of the community. Beginning in the fall, RVC will be running Buddy Up Tennis at the club, a program that teaches tennis to children and teens with Down Syndrome. The club has held fundraisers to help sponsor the organization in the past, but this will be the first year it will be running the program at the club.
USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) Organizer of the Year: Rebekka Chenard- Meriden, CT
Rebekka Chenard serves as the TEaM Academy Enrichment and Program Director as well as the JTT Coordinator for New HYTEs, and her passion for youth tennis is contagious. Her number one mission is to make a difference in kids’ lives, and she does so every day with a smile on her face. Since joining the organization in 2014, she has added several events to the JTT calendar, including the annual Connecticut Open Family Classic, Play Days with the New Haven Lawn Club and Middlebury Racquet Club, along with hosting pilot events for the USTA including the “ITs About Time” 10 & Under Tournament and Net Generation’s Team Challenge.
All award winners will also be the New England nominee for their respective national award.
Click here to view the 2018 award descriptions and criteria.
About USTA New England
USTA New England, one of 17 regional sections across the country that comprise the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and developing the growth of tennis and increasing participation in the sport in New England by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.usta.com/newengland.