Tennis Weekend speakers
May 23, 2018
Tennis Weekend 2018 will feature a diverse group of speakers and sessions geared towards growing your tennis organization or business. Our keynote speaker will be pioneering journalist, analyst and social entrepreneur, Tom Farrey. Get to know Tom and the rest of the speakers as they are announced with their bios below.
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Keynote Speaker- Tom Farrey
Tom is a pioneering journalist, analyst and social entrepreneur whose leadership has created breakthrough opportunities for stakeholders throughout the sport and health sectors. He also is author of the influential book, Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children.
He founded the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, the mission of which is to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest. ADVERTISEMENT Two years later, in 2013, he launched Project Play, an initiative that provides stakeholders with tools to build healthy communities through sports.
Tom’s work as a journalist has been recognized among the nation’s best and most innovative. He left the Seattle Times to join the internet startup Starwave in 1996, helping develop, as deputy editor, the website that later became ESPN.com. In 1998, he became the first ESPN reporter to conceptualize and deliver cross-platform enterprise reports. His ESPN contributions over 21 years helped build the reputation of the television show Outside the Lines, winning many national honors, including two Emmys, a 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award, and a 2014 Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Award – ESPN’s first. His reports also appeared on SportsCenter, E:60, ABC’s World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and This Week with George Stephanopolous.
At the Aspen Institute and ESPN, Tom has explored the connections between sport and the largest themes in society, including education, globalization, technology, race, and ethics. He is best known for advancing dialogue around college and youth sports, with The Nation writing in 2017 that Tom “has done more than any reporter in the country to educate all of us about the professionalization of youth sports.” His 2008 book Game On, an investigation of contemporary youth sports, has been used as a text on many college campuses, and the Project Play reports he has co-authored have been used by many organizations to shape strategy or introduce youth programs.
Tracy Davies- From Project Play to USTA
Tracy Davies is the Director of the Junior Play Department at USTA National, with a focus on developing, implementing, and growing junior competition at the local level throughout the United States. Prior to coming to the National Office, Tracy served as the Executive Director for USTA Tennessee for 5 years, where in 2015 she directed Tennessee as the only Southern state with growth in all 4 USTA metrics: Junior Team Tennis, Junior Matches, Adult Matches, and Adult League.
Tracy's experience in tennis spans the globe, with previous roles in coaching, including National Coach for the USTA, Player Development Coach for the South Africa Tennis Association National Centre, and Traveling Coach for the ITF, based out of Roehampton, England.
As a former collegiate player and USPTA pro herself, Tracy's knowledge and experience in all aspects of the game of tennis help provide the USTA, and particularly the Junior Play Department, with valuable insight and information that will ultimately help grow the sport from the ground up.
Matt Barnhart- From Project Play to USTA
For the past four years, Matt has served as USTA National Manager of Junior Team Tennis. He joined the USTA family in 2011 as USTA Virginia District JTT Coordinator and Director of Communications. Matt then worked for the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section as their JTT Manager and Tennis Service Representative for Virginia.
During Matt's tenure at National, the JTT program has grown by 7%. He oversees the JTT digital assets, hosts an annual National JTT Coordinator training, serves as tournament director for the JTT National Championships, and has given more than 50 presentations at National TDW, AMC, SAMC, and Section ALC/TSR trainings. Matt also assists with the junior NTRP, TennisLink, and US Open activations. He is currently focused on supporting Net Generation and the "Team Challenge," a introduction to competition program being launched in 2019.
Matt lives in Orlando, Florida, with his wife Lauren and two daughters, Isabelle and Clara.
Yasmine Osborn- Diversity & Inclusion Panel Moderator
Yasmine the Manager, Diversity & Inclusion for the United States Tennis Association. Yasmine oversees all D&I department activities as they relate to Diverse Coach and Player ID/Engagement, D&I Grants, Tennis-Related Partnerships, Pro-Tennis Outreach Events and Adaptive Tennis. She also works cross functionally with USTA Business Resource Groups and Supplier Diversity.
Before joining the USTA D&I Team in 2015, Yasmine served as Diversity and NJTL Coordinator for the USTA Midwest Section and Managing Director of Diversity, Grants and Community Development for the USTA Southern Section.
Yasmine earned her undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from Northwest Missouri State University. At the same time she captained the women’s tennis team and earned NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Year honors in Women’s Tennis and was an NCAA Division II All-American. She also received her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Georgia.