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March 10, 2004 01:31 PM
The USTA announced that BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is the 2004 USTA Member Organization of the Year. The USTA bestows this annual honor, given to the organization that provides outstanding service to its members and the local community, to the BallenIsles Country Club on Sunday, March 21 during its Annual Meeting at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Since the club began a major expansion of its tennis courts in 1992, BallenIsles has helped the USTA grow tennis in Palm Beach Gardens and throughout the state of Florida. With a current membership of over 4,000 total adults and juniors, BallenIsles consists of 23 outdoor courts (21 clay, two hard).

BallenIsles hosts over 10 major fundraisers throughout the year for various charitable organizations, in addition to hosting an annual international senior women’s event as part of the Les Grandes Dames circuit.  The club also contributes a monthly supply of tennis balls to the local schools programs as well as inner-city tennis programs in West Palm Beach.

During all of the club’s special events, which are open to the public, BallenIsles offers free clinics to its members and to all attendees.  Its junior tennis program offers six scholarships for one week each summer, and the club provides four additional camp weeks as donations for charity events in the community each year.  Two of the club’s staff professionals are trained to teach wheelchair tennis and a wheelchair student has participated in the club’s summer camp each of the last two years.

“BallenIsles's commitment to creative programming and events for people of all ages and abilities--both club and community members--displays a passion for the sport and dedication to the USTA mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis," said Alan Schwartz, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA. "Congratulations to BallenIsles for its much deserved award as USTA Organization of the Year and congratulations to its Director of Tennis, Trish Faulkner, whose tennis DNA contributed so much to the club's recognition."

“We are thrilled and honored to be named the 2004 USTA Member Organization of the Year,” said Trish Faulkner, Director of Tennis and Fitness, BallenIsles Country Club. “This national recognition for our local efforts reaffirms that our dedicated staff truly excels at introducing new players to the game and developing innovative programs to keep them playing tennis for a lifetime.”

BallenIsles Country Club is one of the oldest clubs in Southeast Florida.  Originally owned by John D. MacArthur, it was the first home of the PGA of America.  In 1992, Dexter Development took over the management of the club, and over the next ten years the club expanded the number of tennis courts from eight to 23 and built an 18,000 square foot clubhouse exclusively for tennis and fitness.






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