Lane Leschly Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award
NorCal Staff | October 11, 2016
LANE LESCHLY OF ATHERTON, CALIF., AND TIFFANY CHEN OF NAPERVILLE, ILL., NAMED WINNERS OF USTA BILL TALBERT JUNIOR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
The USTA has announced that Lane Leschly of Atherton, Calif., and Tiffany Chen of Naperville, Ill., were named the winners of the 2016 USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award. The two were honored at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting, Sept. 3-6 in New York City.
Leschly, 18, recently graduated from Menlo School in Atherton and will play Division I tennis at Harvard University. Leschly and his Menlo teammates created an ongoing charity event, Aces4Kidz, which benefits East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring, benefitting a local program for low-income students. Since 2014 they have raised more than $30,000. He also has won a several other awards including the 2014 Daniel Scafidi Junior Sportsmanship Award, 2013 Bobby Kaplan National Sportsmanship Award and the 2014 Annual NorCal Sportsmanship Award. Watch an interview with Lane!
Chen, 18, recently graduated from Naperville Central in Naperville, Ill., and will play Division I tennis at Princeton University. She has received the USTA Midwest and Chicago District sportsmanship awards in the past. As a student-athlete all four years in high school, Tiffany carried a 4.76 GPA, has an incredible work ethic and enjoys giving back to tennis by motivating younger players to become great individuals and competitors. She made the Illinois All State Team (2012-2015) and won the Illinois High School Association’s Tom Pitchford Sportsmanship Award in 2015.
“Both of these student-athletes are incredible individuals on and off the tennis court,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis. “They give back to their community, mentor younger athletes and are great role models. Both Lane and Tiffany epitomize what great sportsmanship is all about and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for both of them.”
Each award winner must be a junior player who exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play as well as one who maintains the finest traditions of the great sportsmen/women of tennis, past and present. The award is given in honor of 1967 Hall of Famer Bill Talbert, who was highly regarded for his high standards of sportsmanship.
The USTA Semi-Annual Meeting and Conference brings together USTA Leadership, national staff, national committee members and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA mission: To promote and develop the growth of tennis. Along with leadership and committee meetings, the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting provides education opportunities for all attendees to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills and learn new ways to promote the game of tennis.