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USTA Florida January Volunteer of the Month -- Nancy Horowitz

March 24, 2010 07:00 PM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- March 25, 2010 -- Nancy Horowitz knows tennis inside and out after 30 years of volunteering with USTA Florida. She sometimes admittedly has her own peculiar ways of getting things done, but stresses that relationships with others is the key. You can call her a tennis aficionado, call her a vanguard of volunteers, call her...

"I am sure some people call me lots of things," Horowitz says with a smile. "At times I do dance to a different drummer."

Horowitz is one of Florida tennis' "individuals who perpetuate their selfless mission to bring the game of tennis to anyone who wants to play," as exemplified when she received USTA national's 2007 Eve Kraft Community Service Award (Kraft was a tennis pioneer whose ability to touch people's lives exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court). The award was the culmination of a journey that began with her first year as a tennis volunteer in 1980 when she helped develop the Pembroke Pines Tennis Association.

While 1980 marked the beginning of her volunteering with USTA Florida, two years earlier she was already volunteering on-court.

"I volunteered as an official at Moore Park for the Christmas tournament in December 1978, and then for the next two years all over for the then-FTA (Florida Tennis Association, now USTA Florida). The USTA Florida Officials Committee and Grievance Committee were my first volunteer positions. That's when I met [legendary junior tennis organizer] Bobby Curtis for the first time."

Her commitment eventually landed her a full-time position as a parks and recreation tennis coordinator, with responsibilities include staffing six public facilities, overseeing 12 tennis pros, purchasing equipment and coordinating more than 50 courts across the area.

As of late she has focused her efforts on supporting Hispanic coaches workshops in South Florida, and finding teaching pros and volunteers for after-school tennis programs and QuickStart Tennis for children age 10-and-under.

"Long range is wherever my heart and head take me on this terrific journey through tennis," Horowitz says of her tennis volunteer goals.

Her other committee and council volunteering has included Officials Trainer Evaluator, Budget and Finance, Strategic Planning, Volunteer Council, National Learning Leadership and Development Committee, Board of Directors, Executive Committee-Treasurer, and awards including Official of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Merit Award. And she's not done yet.

"If you dream it, it can happen," she says. "If you think about it you make it happen. When you have the passion and desire for what you do, and have fun doing it, then go for it. Relationships with others are what help reach those goals, and together we make things happen."

Birthplace: New York City, NY
Family: husband Michael, daughter Marcy, grandson Cole, son Marc, daughter-in-law Gina, grandsons Charles and Matthew
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
Favorite Food: anything
Favorite Travel Spot: islands with beautiful beaches
Favorite Shot: volley, overhead

My earliest tennis memory was..."hitting against the wall at my elementary school."
If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Arthur Ashe, Billy Crystal, Yvonne Goolagong."
When I am not playing tennis I am..."with family, dining out, swimming, or volunteering when possible."
My best-ever tennis memory is..."working at the Olympics as a tennis official."
I like to volunteer in tennis because..."I enjoy the people I meet and work with, and it is always important to have fun."

For information on becoming a USTA Florida volunteer, go to:
http://www.usatennisflorida.usta.com/Global/Custom Pages/Volunteers/8042_How_to_Become_a_Volunteer.aspx






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