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2004 USA Tennis Florida Awards - MERIT AWARDS

December 22, 2004 08:09 AM

Merit Award (Female)
This award is given to a woman who has been, through her efforts, willingness, cooperation, and participation, most deserving of the respect and honor of all volunteers, either in play or organizational work for having made the greatest contribution to amateur tennis in Florida during the past years.

Nancy Rasgado of Cooper City
“No Nonsense Nancy”

Much like her husband, Joe, Nancy Rasgado has spent a significant portion of the past two decades making an indelible contribution to USA Tennis Florida. From her days working as a member of the Adult Rankings Committee in the 1980s to her current contributions to the section’s Awards Committee, Volunteer Council, and Nominating Committee, Nancy has remained a paragon of tennis volunteerism. In addition to the aforementioned committees and councils, Nancy served the section as chair of the Volunteer Development Committee and the Volunteer Task Force in 2001-02 and as chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee in 1999. She also spent six years serving as a USTA national assistant ranker for adult and senior competition and two years in the role of USTA national ranking chair. Nancy’s richly deserved selection as a 2004 Merit Award recipient, which dovetails nicely with her husband’s concurrent induction into the section’s Hall of Fame, also serves as a fitting bookend to the USA Tennis Florida Family of the Year accolade she and her husband received back in 1998.

Merit Award (Male)
This award is given to a man who has been, through his efforts, willingness, cooperation, and participation, most deserving of the respect and honor of all volunteers, either in play or organizational work for having made the greatest contribution to amateur tennis in Florida during the past years.

Joe Tartaglino of Deland
“Old Man River”

Once you examine Joe Tartaglino’s impressive credentials, it’s easy to understand why he “merits” an award as prestigious as this. Over the past 25 years, Joe has been involved in a variety of tennis-related activities, ranging from serving as co-chair of the Junior Orange Bowl Tournament to working as an official. Although he had been active in tennis for years, Joe truly stepped up to the volunteer plate in 1993 after he retired from IBM. Since that time, he has contributed his time and talent to a range of district, sectional, and national committees. As chair of the USA Tennis Florida Technology Committee in 1995, he served as one of the early advocates and designers of the section's award-winning website. In addition, Joe, who joined the section’s Board of Directors in 1998 and currently serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Council, has served membership stints on the officials, marketing, budget and finance, awards, and nominating committees. In his role as an official, he became a national referee, earned an ITF Referee White Badge in 1995, and served as president of the South Florida Umpires Association from 1997-2001. He also acts a sectional trainer/evaluator for officials and has volunteered on the USTA Information Technology Committee (1999-2000), the Advanced Media (Internet) Committee (2001-2004), and the Officials Committee (2001-2004).

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