USTA Volunteer of the Year
USTA Northern | March 21, 2018
Congratulations to Roshan Rajkumar of St. Louis Park, Minn., who has been presented with the USTA Volunteer Exceptional Service Award (up to 10 years of service) for his outstanding contributions in helping grow tennis at the local level. Rajkumar was honored during the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, March 16-19, at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
Rajkumar is a current member of the USTA Nominating Committee, which he has served since 2015. From 2013-14, he served as chair for the Secion Presidents’ Task Force, and from 2015-16, he was chair of the USTA Governance Task Force. He has also served on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2013-14; the Section Presidents Committee, 2013-14; and the Section Delegates Committee, 2015-16. In addition, Rajkumar created the USTA Northern Millennial Task Force, 2013-14, which was showcased as a best practice at the USTA National Diversity & Inclusion Committee. ADVERTISEMENT
Rajkumar first got involved at the Section level when USTA Northern Executive Director Becky Cantellano asked him to be a part of what was then the Multicultural Committee, where he served as chair in 2009-10. A former college player at Boston College, and an avid USTA League player, he was nominated to the USTA Northern Board of Directors in 2011, was the Section President in 2013-14 and was the Section Delegate in 2015-16.
From his first term as Vice-President of USTA Northern, Rajkumar has seized every opportunity to serve USTA at the national level. He has been instrumental in advocating for issues of inclusivity, diversity, leadership, and living the mission of growing the game of tennis.
The Volunteer Exceptional Service Award recognizes the most outstanding USTA volunteers. Two awards will be given each year, one to a volunteer with more than 10 years of service and one to a volunteer with up to 10 years of service. Nominees in each of these categories must currently be serving on a USTA National Committee.
"In his five short but distinguished years of USTA service at the national level, Roshan’s dedication and leadership have contributed so much," said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. "We are fortunate to have such talented people as Roshan focused on our mission, who continue to make our game great by giving up their time and volunteering so unselfishly."
Rajkumar becomes the second person from USTA Northern in the last three years to win the Volunteer Exceptional Service Award for those with up to 10 years of service. Former USTA Northern president and current USTA National Board Member Jeff Baill of Wayzata, Minn., won the award in 2016.