Goldmans Win Gardner Ward Chase Award
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SALLY & STEPHEN GOLDMAN WIN USTA NEW ENGLAND’S GARDNER WARD CHASE MEMORIAL AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
MILTON, MA – Sally and Stephen Goldman, longtime players, coaches and owners of the decorated Weymouth Club in Weymouth, MA, have been selected as the recipients of the 2023 Gardner Ward Chase Memorial Award for their lifetime contributions to New England tennis.
The Goldmans, of Milton, MA, will be celebrated at the New England Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 11 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.
“We are very touched and honored to be selected for the Gardner Ward Chase Award,” Sally said. “Tennis has been the keystone of our lives for more than 50 years, and we have committed our love and dedication to running and developing a business out of it. It has been a true labor of love, and tennis continues to be the heartbeat of it all.”
The husband-and-wife duo purchased the club in 1988, and have since made it their mission to create a family-friendly health, fitness, wellness and recreation center dedicated to continuously improving the member experience by delivering MORE (meticulous facilities, outstanding programs, results and exceptional service).
“It is so wonderful to see kids starting out and still playing as adults. Being the club owners puts us in a position to be able to offer tennis at many levels to our members and have an incredible professional staff to deliver it,” Sally said.
A staple in Massachusetts’ South Shore, The Weymouth Club has helped produce countless high school and college players and introduced many more to the game through programs like its award-winning Tennis, Fitness & Arts Camp and more.
In 2000, the Goldmans created South Shore Initiative, a nonprofit with the mission to help young people reach their full potential in fitness, sports and academics. The organization was created to give scholarships to deserving players.
In 2009, the Weymouth Club was established as the original site for ACEing Autism, a national program that helps children with autism develop through the fitness and social elements of tennis.
For its continued excellence in the community, the Weymouth Club has earned countless awards, including USTA New England’s Organization of the Year in 1995 and Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Award for Best Tennis Club in 2002.
“We continue to dedicate our passion to developing the Weymouth Club every day for players of all ages. To win in tennis, you must learn how to pivot and change tactics, and we’ve had to do that many times where we’ve morphed into an indoor/outdoor multi-purpose club. At the heart of it all though, it is still tennis,” Sally said.
Individually, Sally was a highly-ranked USTA junior player who competed in both regional and national tournaments. She also played on the Quincy High Varsity Team and went on to play No. 1 singles on the men’s team at Bentley. She became the No. 1 adult player in New England and competed on the original Boston Lobsters team. Sally is the current girls’ head coach at Thayer Academy. Her team won the 2022 Sportsmanship Award, voted on by all teams in the league.
Stephen was a high school and college player himself, playing at Quincy High and Parsons College. He then became a ranked adult tournament player in New England. As a coach, Stephen was named USPTA New England’s Coach of the Year in 1996.
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 usta.com/newengland.