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Celia Rehm becomes 28th president of USTA Florida

December 6, 2006 03:38 PM
With 13 years of USTA Florida board experience, Celia Rehm of Jacksonville is stepping up to take a larger role in the organization.  On Saturday, Dec. 2, at USTA Florida's annual meeting in Amelia Island, Rehm accepted the role of USTA Florida's 28th president.

With former USTA Florida roles such as vice president, secretary, district director and Recreational Tennis Council chair, Rehm has had years of experience, and she will certainly excel in her new leadership position.

"I am very excited about the overall growth of tennis in the US," Rehm said.  "We will work to keep the trend going in Florida."

Currently, Rehm is completing a term as USTA Florida Nominating Committee chair; she is in her third term on the USTA Pro Circuit Committee as chair of a subcommittee.  This subcommittee has worked successfully to promote the use of Pro Circuit tournaments as a venue to introduce and grow tennis through community events.

Previously, she served two terms on the USTA Community Tennis Development Committee.  While serving as district director in Florida from 1993 to 1997, Rehm recruited coordinators to re-establish USTA leagues in the Jacksonville area.

Rehm received both the USTA Florida and USTA national awards for developing and managing the Greater Jacksonville Junior Team Tennis (JTT) League for three years, (a league which has continued to be the largest JTT league in Florida).

Rehm was presented with the District Merit Award for a leading role as one of the founders of the First Coast Tennis Foundation; she helped establish the foundation as a USTA-funded market, and she chaired the annual fundraising gala for four years.

In 2001, Rehm was presented with the USTA Florida Merit Award for extensive work at the district, sectional, and national levels.

Rehm is a graduate of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville with a master's degree in Counseling Psychology.  She now resides in Jacksonville as a mother of two daughters, and she has four grandchildren.

"I look forward to working with the strong leadership among our board, staff and volunteers to develop community partnerships that work to advocate tennis and get the word out about the many health benefits our sport provides to youth and communities within Florida."

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