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USA Tennis Florida Inaugural Volunteer of the Month - Rick Pardon

September 18, 2003 01:51 PM
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Donna Fales, Executive Director of the Greater Miami Tennis Foundation, describes Rick Pardon as the “prototype” of a local USA Tennis Florida volunteer.  We all agree.  Therefore, Rick Pardon is the first volunteer selected as the USA Tennis Florida Volunteer of the Month.

Rick has been a Board of Directors member for USA Tennis Florida for the past 6 years.  He has worked as a district volunteer since 1995.  The fact that he is now Regional Director of 5 Districts and still District Director for District 9, does not keep him at all from all his grass roots activities.

His tennis volunteer resumé describes a very busy man:
  • District Committee - Junior Competition 1995
  • District Director - 1997 - Present
  • Member Sectional Resource Committee 1998 - 2000
  • Sectional Tennis Family of the Year 2000
  • Regional Director 2001 - Present
  • USTA Certified Umpire 2001 - Present
  • Captain Senior Team, USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln, 2001 - Present
  • Publisher Regional Newsletter 2002 - Present
  • Sectional Representative to National Multicultural Participation Committee 2003 - Present
  • Member Sectional Grievance Committee 2003 - Present
  • Member Sectional Volunteer Council Committee 2003 - Present
  • Member Sectional C.A.R.P Committee - Present
  • Tournament Director - Event Planning - District / Sectional

This is a man of many talents!  At the Nasdaq 100-Open (formerly the Ericsson and the Lipton), he has been responsible for recruiting and heading up the volunteers for the USTA Membership Booth and the USTA Membership Appreciation Day since 1998.  That also includes donating hours of his own time to work at the tournaments.

He captained his 3.5 Senior Men’s USA League Tennis presented by Lincoln Team all the way to Sectionals last year!

He runs two to three marathons a year!  He logs 50 to 60 miles a week to stay in shape.  His best time is 3 hours and 17 minutes—not too bad for a guy turning 55 this month!

Let’s not forget the Poweraid commercial he did two years ago with Andy Roddick.  Rick played the role of the USTA Certified Umpire!

Rick’s most recent success story as a volunteer comes at the very grass roots level. He spearheaded the development a very successful newsletter, which reaches 10,000 tennis enthusiasts and is printed quarterly.  In conjunction with the newsletter Rick created 4 district events for charity.   They are held quarterly and average 160 participants.  At these charity events information tables are set up to promote USA League Tennis, Membership and Junior Tennis.  This information station also helps to recruit new volunteers.

There is no way to discuss Rick’s tennis involvement without including his family.  As previously listed, they won the 2000 USA Tennis Florida Family of the Year Award.  His lovely wife Sandi, who worked in tandem with Rick on the Junior Tournament Committee, also chaired the District’s Officials Committee, effective in 1996.  In 1999, she doubled her pleasure by overseeing the District 8 and 9 Officials Committees.  Rick and Sandi’s love of the game was proudly passed on to their two sons, Matt and Jason, who are both active players.  

Rick’s comment about his volunteer work for USA Tennis Florida is simply, “This may seem like a lot, but when you spend your volunteer time with friends, IT’S GREAT!”

Rick Pardon....do I really wanna be Regional Director?






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