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December 20, 2005 02:21 PM

USTA League Tennis Coordinator of the Year (1 of 3)

Ken Johnson of Loxahatchee
"When the Going Gets Tough…the Tough Get Going”

Based on his achievements, which include being named Volunteer of the Month by USTA Florida in July 2005, it’s easy to see why Ken Johnson is the recipient of this latest award. In the three years since Ken inherited the oversight role of the Palm Beach County men’s, ladies and mixed senior leagues, he has grown participation from two to nine leagues. He has also spearheaded a growth spurt that has seen the number of teams grow from 19 to 46 and the number of players swell from 200 to 530. In addition to the creation of new leagues, which include three in the ladies’ division, Ken helped establish several annual playoff tournaments that help determine the Palm Beach County champions that will go on to compete in the Sectional Championships in Daytona Beach. Janet Sprague, who serves as a USTA Florida community coordinator in Region 6, summed up Ken’s contributions best by saying, “Without Ken’s participation, USA League Tennis would almost be nonexistent in Palm Beach County.”

USTA League Tennis Coordinator of the Year (2 of 3)

Melody Johnson of Winter Haven
“I’ve Got Friends in Low Places”

With a player retention rate that stands at an outstanding 70-plus percent, it’s obvious Melody Johnson is doing something exceedingly right in her role as a USTA League Tennis coordinator in Polk County. To be successful, Melody knew it would require an immense amount of hard work and preparation—and the good sense to rely on the experience of others. “The success of our league programs in Polk County is a direct result of the talents and abilities of numerous individuals, starting with the commitment of our captains, nine local pros that are always willing to provide available courts and endorse our leagues—and a USTA Florida staff that is always ready to give whatever support is necessary,” she admitted. “None of those mentioned would consider their role significant, but I hold them all in very high regard.”

USTA League Tennis Coordinator of the Year (3 of 3)

Carl Weathington of Tallahassee
“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”

Winning awards is nothing new to longtime USTA Florida volunteer Carl Weathington, who previously won the organization’s Family of the Year accolade in 1994, was named Mixed Doubles League Coordinator of the Year in 1997, and received the Merit Award in 1999.  In his role as a USTA League Tennis coordinator in the Tallahassee area, Carl has mentored other league coordinators throughout the state by providing guidance, counseling and support as required. In fact, Carl continues to work at various regional, sectional and national league tournaments as both support staff and tournament director. He jokingly brags that it never rains on his tournaments because he always has found a way to complete all his events. “In the past few years I have devoted my volunteer efforts to the leagues program and feel deeply committed to its growth and player enjoyment, “Carl stated. “I am gratified to see the new leagues forming as well as new types of leagues being created.”

USTA League Tennis Lifetime Achievement

Dolly Morris of Miami
“Hello, Dolly!”

Over the past 26 years, Dolly Morris has been a familiar—and welcome—presence on the tennis scene in Miami-Dade County. During that time, she has served as a dedicated local league coordinator for all adult, senior, super senior, mixed doubles and combo leagues in Miami-Dade. During the NASDAQ-100 Open each year, Dolly also adopts the role of gung-ho cheerleader as she spends hours volunteering in the USTA booth to promote league programs and solicit new USTA Florida members. Despite her status as a USTA League Tennis legend in Miami-Dade County, Dolly says her greatest tennis achievement occurred in 2003 when she created a USTA Team Tennis (youth) program in the area. Since its inception, the program has enjoyed phenomenal success, with teams from all three years finishing either first or second in the Sectional Championships and qualifying for the Georgia/Florida Challenge.  Because she is unable to play anymore due to injury, Dolly selflessly channels her energy into making sure other individuals have a chance to participate in the lifetime sport of tennis. The reason, she says, is simple: “It’s because of the love I have for tennis.”

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