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Sony Ericsson Membership Appreciation Day

April 4, 2008 02:43 PM

 

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From 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, USTA Florida welcomed approximately 700 members to USTA Membership Appreciation Day at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.  Accompanied by clear skies and great tennis, members enjoyed a full lunch, free USTA Florida gifts, Wilson gift baskets and a chance to win a Wilson (K)Factor Racquet autographed by Roger Federer.  Trina Singian, USTA Florida Coordinator of Marketing and Membership, was thrilled with the turnout and appreciation showed by USTA members.

“USTA Florida league captains, CTA members, players and parents from Miami truly stepped up to the plate and were amazing helpers during the tournament,” said Trina.  “It is great to see people from the local USTA tennis community in Miami come out and support USTA tennis during the tournament.”

USTA Membership at the USTA Membership booth hit an all-time high this year.  The Sony Ericsson Open also marked the official national launch of USTA Flex Leagues in Miami.  Early registration for the new league in Miami was available only at the USTA Membership Booth during the tournament, March 26-April 6. 

“I really enjoyed meeting and seeing many of our USTA members during Sony Ericsson’s USTA Membership Appreciation Day,” said Trina.  “I wanted to give a special thanks to our volunteers, staff, Wilson Sporting Goods and Great Performances for a terrific event. USTA Membership Appreciation Days are a great way to honor our members and we are very thankful for all of their support for the wonderful game of tennis.”

USTA Florida volunteer Dee Oeters was winner of the Wilson (K)Factor Racquet.  “I was thrilled beyond belief when they called my number [at Membership Appreciation Day],” said Dee, who plans to have the racquet framed and keep it in her family for years to come.  “To have a racquet from the No. 1 player in the world is fantastic.”

“I couldn’t have picked a better individual to receive the racquet,” said Trina.  “I am glad the racquet went to a real tennis lover and such a giving person like Dee.”  Dee is in fact loved by many, as she is not only a cancer survivor, but a dedicated volunteer who works many USTA League Tennis events at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona.

The Sony Ericsson Open is often referred to as the fifth Grand Slam because of the glitz, glamour and outstanding player fields.  It is also one of USTA Florida’s favorite tournaments because our wonderful members and outstanding volunteers make it such a memorable experience.

A special thanks goes out to Rick Pardon and his staff at the Crandon Park Tennis Center, who helped USTA Florida with every need during the event.  Additional thanks to Sony Ericsson Open volunteers Debroah Brower, John Meyer, Jason Freed, Adam Ross, Dolly Morris, Susan Ricke, Molly Zimmer, Cheryl Rivera, Lynne Salus, Cathy Nordlund, Pam Burns, Joan and Owen Davidson, Nancy Horowitz, Shelly Licorish, Harriet and Ed Sol, Lynn Maready, Donna Kass, Val Flynn, Jim Leano, Madeline Zanfardino, Cyndi Smith and Joyce Englert.

 

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