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Floridian Margaret Newfield honored nationally

April 7, 2006 03:29 PM

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The USTA honored long-time volunteer Margaret Newfield of Miami with the 2005 Barbara Williams Leadership Award.  She was honored at the 2006 USTA Annual Meeting at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando March 17-22.

The award was established in 2003 to honor the late Barbara Williams, a long-time USTA volunteer who gave unselfishly of her time and energy to promote the sport of tennis.  This award recognizes a female volunteer who, through her leadership and by her example, has encouraged and inspired others to become volunteers and assume leadership roles at the community, sectional, and/or national levels of the United States Tennis Association

Ms. Newfield has volunteered for the USTA and two of its sections over a period of 28 years.  While living in New York she held many positions in the USTA Eastern Section as a player, tennis professional, tournament director, umpire and volunteer.  Upon moving to Florida in 1979 she remained involved in tennis.  In 1983 she was honored with USTA Florida’s Merit Award and in 1994 was inducted into the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame. 

“The success of the USTA can be directly attributed to the efforts of the thousands of volunteers across America,” said Franklin Johnson, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. "Margaret has been a source of inspiration and encouragement to other USTA volunteers and has continued an active role in the USTA." 

The first two recipients of the award were Carol Schneider (2003) and Barbara A. Lawrence (2004).

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