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2005 USTA Florida Awards - SPECIAL AWARDS

December 20, 2005 01:50 PM

Jim Martz Media Excellence Award

Lisa Coffey of Lakeland
“A Way with Words”

In her role as a sportswriter for The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland, Lisa Coffey has served as the sole source of local tennis information throughout Polk County and the surrounding area. In addition to publishing a range of USTA Florida-related information, Lisa can always be counted on to run items concerning Polk County Tennis Association events. During the Polk County league season, she promptly prints all team standings. And throughout the USTA League season which starts in January and runs through the fall, Lisa makes sure she announces all local, regional, sectional and national winners. In fact, she frequently goes the proverbial “extra mile” by contacting individual captains to glean some inside tidbits about the team or a particular player. Her dedication to tennis was illustrated in January 2005 when she went on maternity leave following the birth of her son Kennedy Jace. Because she was so concerned about making sure area tennis news continued to be published in her absence, she managed to convince Joanne Collier, a USTA Florida local league coordinator, to temporarily fill her journalistic shoes.

Official of the Year

Robert Booth of Jacksonville
“Making the Right Call”

Since becoming a tennis official in 1997, Robert Booth has made a conscientious effort to become a better line and chair umpire with each succeeding match he officiates. Robert, who served as president of the North Florida Tennis Umpires Association in 2004-05, also acts as the current vice chair of USTA Florida’s Officials Committee. During his career, he has officiated at professional events such as the NASDAQ-100 Open in Key Biscayne as well as numerous amateur tournaments that include the USTA Girls’ 18 Nationals, the ITF Veterans’ Cup and the NCAA Division II National Championships. “What I enjoy most is interacting with college and junior players in teaching them the values of sportsmanship, fair play and respect for their opponents and the game of tennis,” he stated. “However, I hope that my major contribution to the sport is teaching new officials and players to give back to the game more than they take away from it.”

Member Organization of the Year

First Coast Tennis Foundation

Accepting - Janice Smith
“We’ve Only Just Begun”

Over the past five years, the First Coast Tennis Foundation (FCTF) in Jacksonville has matured from a CTA that offered two programs and served approximately 400 players into an association comprising 15 programs and special events that serve more than 4,000 players of all financial and physical abilities. Part of the foundation’s growth can be attributed to its success in meeting its goal of making the sport available to a broader audience using non-traditional delivery systems. The foundation’s signature program—Community Tennis—offers clinics and competitive programs on residential, public and school facilities that have tennis courts but no organized tennis activities. In 2005 alone, participation in FCTF’s Community Tennis Program increased from 70 to over 400. In addition, the foundation maintains a comprehensive website, publishes a periodic newsletter, assists local pros with tournament administration, and provides information to new or returning players regarding tennis programs in the area.

Community Division AwardsCompetitive Division Awards
Adult Service AwardsMerit Awards
USTA League Tennis Awards

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