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Kevin Barnes is December’s Volunteer of the Month

December 13, 2004 09:08 AM

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Kevin Barnes of Maitland has been selected as USA Tennis Florida’s Volunteer of the Month for December.  Kevin, a Tennis Teaching Professional, has been working as a USA Schools Clinician for the past three years, promoting tennis in Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Orange and Seminole Counties.  His commitment to introducing tennis to school age kids has contributed to 3 new After School USA Ralleyball programs in Seminole County.  In addition to this, he is the head instructor for the Denton Johnson First Serve Program in Eatonville.

Rain Sadkane, a physical education teacher at Sanford Middle School, verifies what we all know—that Kevin is doing a great job, “Kevin was so helpful in helping me organize the tennis lessons; he made me feel confident in running the tennis unit in my P. E. class.”  Kevin exemplifies a great USA Schools Clinician.

Shelly Licorish Bynum, USA Tennis Community Coordinator, states, “Kevin is always willing and supportive.  Whether it’s at a health fair demonstrating to adults that they can pick up a racquet at any age, or working with an 8 year old hugging a racquet, Kevin is wonderful.”

Kevin’s tennis playing credentials match his volunteer commitment. He was a top ranked junior in Florida, as well as a member of the very competitive Auburn University tennis team in college.

We at USA Tennis Florida know that we are very fortunate to have Kevin Barnes as a volunteer.  But we asked him anyway, why do you like to volunteer? He came back with 4 reasons.  Kevin said there were three old reasons and now one new reason.  “Marian Green (former USA Tennis Florida President), Norm Copeland (former head coach at Rollins College), and Bobby Curtis (current USA Tennis Florida staff person) were all integral people in my tennis development as a junior in Florida.  I hope that when they read this, they will know that anything done on my behalf by them will never be forgotten.  Now USA Tennis Florida has sent someone as special as the above were to me as a junior, but not in a playing capacity.  Her name is Shelly Licorish-Bynum who reminds me of Ms. Marian Green.  I hope that I can help volunteer my services anytime, because volunteering makes me feel good.  It is the right thing to do!”

Kevin, thank you, we truly appreciate all that you do to promote and develop tennis in Florida!  Congratulations on being December’s Volunteer of the Month!

 

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