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Miami's Cyndi Johnston – Volunteer of the Month

October 2, 2006 08:38 AM
Cyndi Johnston
of Miami – a 12-year volunteer and USTA lifetime member – is now in her fifth season as USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis area league coordinator (JTT ALC).  She has introduced more than 150 new children to Jr. Team Tennis in the Miami community!

With two sons – Drew (22) and Shaun (17) and one daughter Lexi (7) – Cyndi remains busy!  She manages to fit tennis in her schedule – she has played on more than 25 USTA league teams!

USTA Florida community coordinator Cathy Nordlund nominated Cyndi for this honor.

"Cyndi is the pied piper for this program," Cathy said.  "Mainly working out of the YMCA-South Dade, Cyndi has given many children the opportunity to play in her program for free!"

A YMCA board member since 2002, Cyndi is passionate about children, tennis and growing the game within the Miami community.  She received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the South Dade YMCA board this past summer.

More than 150 kids are enrolled in Cyndi's Jr. Extreme Team tennis program at the YMCA.

"I tell the kids' parents to remember the movie, 'Field of Dreams,'" she said.  "'If you build it they will come.'  This is my motto working at the YMCA.  I am so lucky to be able to implement my ideas and make them a reality.

"My favorite part about this volunteer position is being part of a great extended family," Cyndi said.  "My Jr. Extreme Team kids and parents are the best.  We have participated in all the sectional events and even two regional events."

Cyndi's newest quest is what she calls the JETTS program, (Jr. Extreme Team Tennis Scholarship,) through which she hopes to provide grants, enabling all Jr. Extreme players to participate in team tennis, volunteer in their community and improve their grades through an after-school study class.

The YMCA core values will be emphasized: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, (and sportsmanship – added for Team Tennis).

Cyndi became a lifetime member of the USTA in December 2005.

"I decided to make myself a lifetime member since I love the being involved with the USTA and playing tennis," she said.  "I have made many friends throughout the years volunteering and playing the game."

 

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