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Get to Know: 2012 USTA Florida Section Foundation Board of Directors

January 9, 2012 12:32 PM
They hail from the top of Florida in Jacksonville to the middle in Dade City and South to Longboat Key, and their experience and titles include presidents of tennis organizations, charitable organizations and industry. They are the six-person USTA Florida Section Foundation Board of Directors, driving the organization that is the official charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida).

The board welcomes three new members for 2011-12: Kenneth Cherven of St. Petersburg, Celia Rehm of Jacksonville and B.J. Webb of Longboat Key.  Together with the existing three members they are responsible for directing grant dollars and assistance for after-school and P.E. programs for at-risk and special populations; grants for programming for underprivileged and at-risk children and adults; and the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities along with tennis programming and instruction.

Here is a personal look at the six-member board of the USTA Florida Section Foundation and what drives their volunteer efforts:

foundation-peggy-beard1-webName: Peggy Beard
Hometown: Dade City, Fla.

Current and former occupations: Currently retired; previous occupation, owner of tennis court construction company
USTA Florida volunteer years: "many years"

Favorite/memorable tennis-related experience(s): "While tennis has been an important part of your life for over 40 years, there are too many memorable tennis-related experiences to choose from, but I guess my top choice would have to be winning the "B" mixed doubles tournament at our club after playing tennis only two years. The second-most memorable would be meeting Roger Federer at the 2010 French Open in conjunction with an ITF Technical Commission meeting in Paris. Tennis has afforded me so many opportunities to meet and work with nice people."

Besides tennis my interests include..."gardening, boating, fishing, cooking and grandchildren, but not necessarily in that order."
I love serving on the Foundation Board because..."it gives me an opportunity to get involved in the Florida Section and to give back to the game that has given me so much pleasure and opportunity."

foundation-Kenneth Cherven 2011 - ColorName: Kenneth P. Cherven
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Current and former occupations: bank president
USTA Florida volunteer years: 1st year

Favorite/memorable tennis-related experience(s): "Winning the Mark Knowles' Celebrity Tournament with Mark Knowles in the Bahamas and having it featured on the Tennis Channel."

Besides tennis my interest include..."reading, travel, and coin collecting."
I look forward to serving the Foundation because..."I have a passion for tennis and helping grow the sport, and serving those less fortunate by introducing them to the game."

foundation-donn davisName: Donn Davis
Hometown: West Lawn, Penn./Punta Gorda, Fla.

Current and former occupations: small business owner
USTA Florida volunteer years: 12

Favorite/memorable tennis-related experience(s): "Playing in the finals of the Equitable Family Tennis Challenge at the 1982 US Open."
Besides tennis my interests include..."being close to my family, RV camping, fly fishing, hiking, national parks -- the mountains."
I love serving the Foundation because..."it's a way to help others better know this great sport of tennis!"

foundation-judy fosterName: Judy Foster
Hometown:  Clearwater, Fla.

Current and former occupations: Part-time executive director, Suncoast Tennis Foundation, 2003-present; consultant (event planning); White House appointee under President Reagan -- public affairs director and congressional affairs director for two government agencies; development director for several non-profit organizations.
USTA Florida volunteer years: Began volunteering for USTA in 1999 as vice president of Suncoast Tennis Foundation -- volunteer for almost 12 years; member of board of directors USTA Florida Section 2009-2010; member of board of directors of USTA Florida Section Foundation since 2008.

Favorite/memorable tennis-related experience(s): "It's hard to choose only one as I've had so many rewarding tennis-related experiences. One of the best was teaching 10 and Under Tennis to several little girls who had ADHD and seeing how they captured the spirit of the game, paid attention and then signed-up with a pro for twice-weekly clinics. Another memorable experience was being co-chair of Les Grandes Dames tournament in 2010, and the tournament won USTA Florida Section Tournament of the Year. And last, but certainly not least, planning and executing a number of USTA Block Parties where attendance exceeded 600 and created many new tennis players."

I love serving the Foundation because..."through the Foundation, USTA Florida is able to give thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to deserving tennis programs and individuals. The at-risk, underprivileged and special populations, including children and adults, will benefit from the Foundation's giving programs for after-school and physical education programs that will change the lives of so many children and other tennis programs to benefit adults of all ages. Foundation grants will also assist those in need of instruction and equipment, along with the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities along with tennis programming and instruction. I love our mission: 'To Improve the Health and Quality of Life of Floridians through Tennis,' and am excited to be able to assist in the Foundation accomplishing this mission and be a part of positively impacting the lives of so many."

foundation-celia rehmName: Celia Rehm
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Current and former occupations: president, Jax Youth Tennis Association; past president, USTA Florida; current member of the national Tennis in the Parks Committee.
USTA Florida volunteer years: 20 years volunteering for USTA Florida, 18 years on the USTA Florida Board of Directors

Favorite/memorable tennis-related experience(s): "Many memorable moments, overall I have met wonderful people and have build great relationships through tennis enabling me to develop projects in the community and give back to tennis. Tennis has been good to me."

Besides tennis my interests include..."gardening, I am a member of the Mandarin Garden Club and write monthly articles on the "yard of the month" which are published in the Mandarin Sun and the Mandarin Newsline."

I love serving the Foundation because..."We now have a stream of funding coming in that will enable us to reach out and provide opportunities to kids and families who otherwise may not have opportunities to participate in the great sport of tennis. Additionally, through the Foundation, we have the opportunity to build relationships and  additionally enhance the image of the sport in Florida."

foundation-BJ Profile PhotoName: B.J. Webb
Hometown: Longboat Key, Fla. "Been here since 2003, but I am a life-long Virginian."

Current and former occupations: Former mayor of Leesburg Va.
USTA Florida volunteer years: 1st year

Favorite/memorable tennis-related experience(s): "Perhaps my favorite tennis-related experience was getting the tennis center built in Leesburg including nine outdoor courts and four indoor courts. It is now a successful, thriving facility with a number of fabulous programs serving all ages in Loudoun County."

Besides tennis my interests include..."I grew up in an equestrian family and am still involved with the Westmoreland Davis Foundation which maintains a 1,200 acre estate in Virginia that hosts over 200 equestrian events annually as well as maintains the historic mansion and makes the property available for other sporting events. I am also the chairperson of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board. When I quit riding professionally I turned to tennis to fill in the hole left in my days. I am on the tennis court 5-6 days a week and captain the USTA League 6.5 Combo team for the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. I lost my husband two years ago to cancer when he was 61 and my tennis friends kept me sane through his battle with cancer and in the time since he passed."

I love serving the Foundation because..."the opportunity to bring tennis to under-served communities and deserving individuals is a wonderful opportunity."

To view the USTA Florida Section Foundation website, and to support tennis in Florida by purchasing the Play Tennis Florida license plate, go to: http://www.florida.usta.com/grants/usta_florida_foundation/.






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