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2008 Annual Meeting Award Winners

Luncheon Presentation
Saturday, December 6

Special Categories

Media Excellence Award - T.A. Niles
“Giving You the Best That I Got”

Media Excellence Award Winner - T.A. NilesT.A. Niles has a rich history with USTA Florida that stretches back to 1990 when he served as the organization’s first Jr. Team Tennis coordinator. Since his return to Florida tennis in the spring of 2007, T.A. has written numerous articles related to Sunshine State tennis in various print publications such as Tennis View, which is a new publication  created with women in mind, Florida Tennis, Play Tennis Florida, and  Baselines, which is Florida’s USPTA newsletter. His work also has appeared in numerous online publications that promote tennis, including www.associatedcontent.com, www.helium.com, and www.suite101.com, where he is the feature writer for tennis. In addition, T.A., who is a USTA Florida-certified clinician, has taken and distributed numerous photos at assorted USTA Florida events and produced slideshows for the Lee County Community Tennis Association and USTA Florida. T.A. has also done contract work for First Serve, which is a not-for-profit youth tennis organization based in Fort Lauderdale, and become the first blogger in USTA Florida’s history.

Official of the Year - Tammy Childs of Winter Springs
“Eye on the Ball”

Official of the Year Winner - Tammy ChildsTammy Childs, who has been a USTA Florida official since 1999, has certainly reached the heights of her profession. In addition to serving as a regional director, national line umpire, sectional referee, and Central Florida Tennis Officials Association board member, Tammy has been selected to officiate at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows since 2003. However, her crowning achievement occurred in 2007 when she was chosen to work the 2007 women’s final between Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Tammy, who became an official because it was simply another aspect of the game she could become involved in, truly relishes the opportunities that have come her way thanks to her involvement with officiating—especially having one of the best seats to view the action. “Officiating is a way of giving back to a sport that I love playing and being a part of,” she explained. “The friends I have made through officiating are just like having an extended family. I try living my life by treating others the way I would want to be treated, and I officiate this game I love the same way.”

Member Organization of the Year - Boca Pointe Country Club
Accepting the Award, Angel Rodriguez
“We Are Family”

Member Organization of the Year - Boca Pointe Country Club - accepting Angel RodriguezProviding a diverse array of tennis programs is something the Boca Pointe Country Club has done successfully for a prolonged period of time. The full-service country club, which features 29 Har-Tru tennis courts, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a Jack Nicklaus designed championship golf course, has an extensive social and competitive tennis program that includes 5 Palm Beach County ladies’ teams, 5 Grand Slam men’s teams, and 11 senior teams as well as World Team Tennis and USTA evening teams. The club also coordinates a comprehensive junior program that serves children ages 5 through 18 of all skill levels. Boca Pointe, which is committed to community service, provided courts for three local school tennis team practices and home matches and served as host for one of the Florida Scholastic Sectional tennis tournaments. The club also hosted the 2007 USTA Adult State Championships, the 2007 and 20008 USTA Florida State Team Challenge Boys’ and Girls’ 14s, and the USTA Adult Team Regionals in 2007-08. The club, which serves as the South Florida base for 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick and his annual charity celebrity event, is also fortunate to have Angel Rodriguez serve as its director of tennis. In recognition of his contributions to tennis over the years, Angel received the 2007 USPTA/USTA Service Award.

Competitive Division
**Junior Competitive Awards will be presented at the Semi Annual Meeting in June 2009 because of conflict with the 2008 Dunlop Orange Bowl.  Robert Gomez, Junior Competitive Coach of the Year accepted his award at the Annual Meeting because his wife is due to give birth on the weekend of the 2009 Semi Annual Meeting!

Junior Competitive Coach of the Year - Robert Gomez of Miami
“The Biltmore Tennis Center - Where Kids Come in as a Student but Leave as a Player”

Junior Competitive Coach of the Year - Robert GomezRobert Gomez, who is affiliated with the Biltmore Tennis Center in Coral Gables, has done an outstanding job of making the center serve as a junior developmental pathway for all levels of players, whether they are entry-level future stars or established state and nationally ranked juniors. Currently, more than 100 children are participating in the Biltmore’s junior development programs, including 30 high performance/junior development players who are competing in USTA-level tournaments. Robert, who currently serves on the USTA Florida Junior Competitive Council, has been recognized for his accomplishments several times over the past 13 years, winning the USTA Service Award in 1996 and the USPTA/ITA Touring Coach of the Year honor in 2004. Under his guidance, the tennis center currently is home to a number of players who are ranked in the top 50 in various sectional age divisions. In addition, the Biltmore’s Jr. Team Tennis program now has 37 players under the age of 14, with many of them beginning to play in USTA sanctioned events.

Al Mills Memorial Adult Tournament of the Year - The Checket Cup/Les Grandes Dames at Lauderdale Tennis Club
Accepting the Award, Patty Crawford
“We’ve Come a Long Way Baby”

Al Mills Memorial Adult Tournament of the Year - Checket Cup, Les Grande Dames - accepting Patty CrawfordThe Checket Cup/Les Grandes Dames, which celebrated its 20th. anniversary in 2007, has earned a reputation for being a “players” tournament thanks to the generosity of its host site—the Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—and the numerous amenities that make each competitor feel special. The prize-money event, which is well-known throughout the United States and various countries, offers private housing on a limited basis. In addition, the players are showered with much-appreciated conveniences that include free continental breakfasts every day, a free luncheon on first day, two complimentary dinners, as well as all the bottled water, apples, and bananas the competitors can consume on a daily basis. Once the on-court competition concludes, dinner events are punctuated with a slew of giveaways that include fun items such as sweatshirts, racquets and bags, backpacks, tennis shoes, discount coupons, and complimentary dinners at local restaurants.

Wheelchair Player of the Year - José Gomez of Royal Palm Beach
“Walk This Way”

Wheelchair Player of the Year - Jose GomezOn July 26, 1998, Jose Gomez’ life took an irrevocable turn when he was involved in a motor-vehicle accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Although he was not very active athletically before the accident, he began frequenting a local YMCA to swim and weight train. It was there where he struck up a fortuitous friendship with another gentleman in a wheelchair who asked Jose if he would be interested in participating in a wheelchair tennis clinic that met every Tuesday night in Boca Raton.  And the rest, as they say, is history. In 2006, Jose was ranked number one in the USTA Florida Men’s C Wheelchair singles and has gone on to win a number of prestigious titles, including the 2008 Pensacola Open 2008 Men’s C singles and Men’s B doubles titles and the Men’s C singles championship at this year’s Cajun Classic. “Playing tennis made sense to me because I had a non-professional baseball background where the “see ball, hit ball” mentality was all I needed to get started,” he stated. “And I have been grateful to the sport ever since.”

Female Player of the Year - Nancy Reed of Winter Park
“Good Day, Sunshine”

Female Player of the Year - Nancy ReedRacking up awards is nothing new for the indomitable Nancy Reed, who has received a closetful over the years for both her on- and off-court achievements. Nancy, who has won over 100 national and international singles and doubles titles, began her trophy haul in 1978 when she was inducted into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame. That was followed by induction into the Washington, D.C. Area Tennis Hall of Fame in 1980, the USTA Florida Hall of Fame in 1985, the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004. Nancy, who learned to play tennis at age 14 at Rock Creek Park in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has represented the USTA on 21 international teams. She is also the cofounder of Les Grandes Dames women’s prize money tournament, which was established in 1978, and was the inaugural president of the National Senior Women’s Association in 1977.

Male Player of the Year - Olivier Lorin of Atlantic Beach
“Hakuna Matata”

Male Player of the Year - Olivier LorinWinning is something that has become an enviable habit for Olivier Lorin, who is currently ranked number one in the USTA Florida Men’s 40 singles. In fact, Olivier has gone undefeated in the state over the past three years, compiling an incredible 37-0 record that includes the loss of only set during his impressive run. He is a three-time state champion in the Florida 40 division, including a win at this year’s Adult State Championships. In addition to his win at the Ormond Beach Clay Court Championships this year, he triumphed at the Jacksonville City Mixed Doubles Championships, claimed the state 40 doubles title with Oliver Kraut, and reached the semifinals of the USTA Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships. Olivier picked Hakuna Matata, which translates to “don’t worry, be happy,” as his slogan because, “I have learned to take every day as is and make the best of it as every day is a beautiful day.”

USTA League Tennis Coordinator of the Year - Donna Kass of Miami
“Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow”

USTA League Tennis Coordinator of the Year - Donna KassDonna Kass, who serves as a local league coordinator in Region 8, discovered the joys of tennis nine years ago when the other mothers in her “baby group” decided that learning tennis would be a fun thing to do. She quickly became hooked and soon joined a USTA team that reached the sectionals. As her passion for tennis increased, she eventually became the local league coordinator of the women’s leagues, where her goal was to increase opportunities for local women to play, which is exactly what she accomplished. By strengthening her area’s Early Start leagues and incorporating other effective changes, league participation increased by more than 50 percent. In fact, when a few of the women said they could no longer play league tennis because of their work schedules, Donna volunteered her region to pilot the new Flex League, which became an immediate success with 145 participants. “I am always thinking of ways to get more players on the court to enjoy the game as much as I do,” said Donna, who prides herself on her ability to respond to players’ needs as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Community Division

Jimmy Gantt Memorial Award - Brittany Barrett of Spring Hill
“Tough Times Never Last…But Tough People Do”

Jimmy Gantt Memorial Award Winner - Brittany BarrettImagine being an energetic, fun-loving 15-year-old athlete who loved cheerleading, track and field, soccer, riding bikes, and playing football with her brothers—then imagine having all those joys suddenly ripped away one day. For Brittany Barrett, the unimaginable occurred on June 18, 2007 when she passed out in the shower. After hearing a loud thump, Brittany’s sister and brother rushed into the bathroom, where they found her lying unconscious on the floor. Over a period of weeks filled with a never-ending stream of tests, tubes, and X-rays, no diagnosis was reached to explain why she was passing out—or why her legs “felt so heavy and weird.” When she lost all sensation in her legs from the thigh area down, the brutal reality that she couldn’t walk hit her like a ton of bricks. Not surprisingly, the spirited Brittany began to wonder if her life was indeed over.

Then one day, while watching her sister participate in a tennis clinic, a wonderful man named “Coach John” came over, put a racquet in Brittany’s hand, and told her, “You’re ready for tennis.” That moment proved to be a pivotal steppingstone to how profoundly her life was about to change as she rediscovered her purpose in life through tennis. By the end of May 2008, “Coach John” had convinced Brittany, her sister, and her two brothers to join the local USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues. Brittany was even able to play in the state sectionals, becoming the first wheelchair player to ever compete in the competition.  Brittany, whose long-term goal is to compete in the 2012 Paralympics, says her currents accomplishments “are due to my supportive family and the many sponsors who have come forth to provide a tremendous amount of help with lessons, equipment, conditioning, scholarships and, most importantly, keeping my spirits positive.”

USTA School Tennis Volunteer of the Year - Don Knitt of Winter Haven
“Thanks to Knitt, No Need to Get into a Snit!”

Schools Volunteer of the Year - Don KnittDon Knitt, who began his affiliation with USTA Florida in 2000 as a middle school physical educator seeking to coordinate professional development opportunities for himself and his colleagues, helped establish a program called Tennis Without Courts. With assistance from USTA Florida staff members Andy McFarland and Jeff Davis, several subsequent professional development trainings have been held in Polk County schools for local physical education teachers. As a board member and past president of the Sport Association for the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport (FAHPERDS) Don was instrumental in linking USTA Florida with FAHPERDS members through its annual state conference. Thanks to his efforts, that relationship has continued to flourish as a result of bringing USTA Florida schools programs to FAHPERDS members and their respective school districts. Don also garnered support from the Polk County Tennis Association to develop a middle school tennis sport season that incorporated two levels of play—rally and competitive.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis Area League Coordinator of the Year - Gerri Braxton of Miramar

USTA Jr.Team Tennis ALC of the Year - Gerri BraxtonGerri Braxton’s rich legacy as a tennis volunteer stretches back over three decades to the time she served as a local NJTL coordinator in 1980. In fact, her selection of “Serve-N-Return” as her motto aptly illustrates her unconditional love of the game. “Tennis has served me and my family well,” she explained. “So working with children is my way of returning the favor.” Gerri, who was introduced to the Jr. Team Tennis concept through her NJTL involvement, quickly became both a fan and disciple of the program. In 1998, she formed a local 12’s team that won its playoff and competed in the Lakeland Jr. Team Tennis Tournament. Over the past decade, her teams have yet to miss the tournament. In some years, she has even brought as many as seven teams featuring 42 juniors to the Lakeland event. Since 1998, her teams have won numerous sectional awards, collected five Georgia/Florida titles, and earned two trips to the nationals. In 2008, Gerri’s 14’s team won the sectional championships and progressed to the national championships in Tucson, Arizona in October, further underscoring her amazing and unabated skills as a Jr. Team Tennis area league commissioner.

USTA Tennis on Campus Coordinator of the Year - Scott Weinreb of Coral Gables
“No Excuses: Play Like a Champion"

Tennis on Campus Coordinator - Scott WeinrebWhen Scott Weinreb took over as president of the University of Miami Tennis Club in the spring of 2007, it barely existed as a legitimate “club.” Due to the substandard management skills of the prior leadership, low practice turnout was the rule instead of the exception, and the club only traveled to two tournaments all year because it suffered from severe financial shortfalls. However, within six months, Scott had totally revitalized the club, boosting practice turnout from 8 to over 30 members. Much of this initial success occurred because Scott reorganized the club’s structure by offering both a competitive and recreational section, which allowed it to be available to a wider range of players. In fact, participation increased so rapidly that the four available courts were constantly in hot demand. Under Scott’s leadership, the club traveled to five tournaments throughout the school year and hosted a statewide tournament called the Ibis Open in the spring of 2008 at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne that featured 75 players from seven different schools, including the University of Denver. To ensure that financial problems would not be an issue again, he successfully petitioned the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee for funds to support the club’s monetary needs. Now in his second full year as president of the club, participation levels have reached new heights as more than 50 players are participating in the various practice sessions.

CTA Volunteer of the Year - Becky Grothendieck of Spring Hill
“Do What You’ve Got to Do Well or Don’t Do it at All”

CTA Volunteer of the Year - Becky GrothendieckBecky Grothendieck’s involvement in USTA Florida activities didn’t begin until 2006, when she began volunteering for the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation in 2006 as the director of advanced media. Over the past three years, Becky has become a one-person tennis dynamo, serving as co-chairperson of the Jr. Invitational sponsored by the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation and as its grant coordinator—even earning a foundation enhancement grant from USTA Florida in 2007. During her tenure with the foundation, she has become the resident “techno geek” because she designs and maintains the website as well as creates forms and other public relations-related material. “I always strive to do the right thing; if I don’t believe in what I’m doing, I know I will not put forth my best effort,” said Becky, who also volunteers her time to Jr. Team Tennis and weekly NJTL clinics. “I know that I am just one part of this working tennis machine, so I want to make sure that what I produce is done well and to the best of my ability. Keeping the next step in mind, whether it’s teaching a youngster a forehand or organizing tournament publications, keeps me focused, on track, and reaching for the stars.”

Outstanding Diversity Achievement Award - Jason Freed of North Miami
“We Are the Champions”

Outstanding Diversity Achievement - Jason FreedJason Freed, who has been a USTA Florida member since 1983, is definitely an ardent advocate when it comes to promoting and organizing events that specifically cater to Florida’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) tennis community. In addition to being an active player in USTA and Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) events, Jason brought the first-ever gay tennis event to Disney’s Wide World of Sports–Orlando by organizing the One Mighty Weekend of Sports event in June 2008. He also organizes and promotes tennis in Miami for GLBT and non-GLBT friends and serves as president of the Miami Mavericks Tennis Club, which is a position he has held since 2005. The club, which acts as a community tennis association to promote tennis in the region, adopted Moore Park—an inner-city facility for underprivileged youth—as its home courts and recently donated new nets to improve the facility. “Tennis transcends all walks of life regardless of color, race, gender, or sexuality,” said Jason, who was named Tournament Director of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance, which is an international organization with over 11,000 members. “My goal is to make tennis a sport for everyone. I am very proud to have opened up gay tennis to the mainstream players in our state, and it is my continued hope that we can play side-by-side to enjoy the sport we all love.”

Spirit of Tennis Award - Ricky Warman of Miami
“Better Ingredients…Better Pizza…Papa John’s”

Spirit of Tennis Winner - Ricky WarmanBased on the criteria for this new award, which was designed to recognize an individual, corporation, association, or organization that has exhibited a spirit of extraordinary generosity toward the mission of USTA Florida, it’s clears that Ricky Warman is an incredibly worthy recipient. Over the past several years, Ricky has been a major supporter of the Jr. Team Tennis program, contributing an estimated $15,000 over the past three years to help promote JTT in Miami. However, in addition to his monetary contributions, Ricky has provided vital support by supplying scorekeepers for facilities such as Bryan Park, YMCA-South Dade, the Tamiami Tennis Center, the Biltmore Tennis Center, and Doral Parks. His generosity has also extended beyond the Miami area, as he has purchased tennis balls for Daytona and West Palm Beach programs and helped players participate in events as far away as San Diego, California. “I have been playing tennis since I was a teenager growing up in Mexico City, but in the last five years I have not only stepped up my game but also, and most importantly, have been involved in helping out with different USTA junior tennis groups throughout South Florida,” he explained. “It gives me great pleasure to help kids through sponsorships or directly by providing them the opportunity to travel to their different competitions across Florida and elsewhere.”

Breakfast with the Stars
Sunday, December 7

Adult Service Awards

Committee Volunteer of the Year - Judy Foster of Clearwater
“Where Others Might See a Problem, I See an Opportunity”

Committee Volunteer of the Year - Judy FosterProblem-solving is definitely a skill Judy Foster has mastered. Just witness the myriad activities she’s been involved in that have enriched the tennis landscape in Clearwater. Judy, who became an active USTA Florida volunteer in 1999 when she was elected vice president of the Suncoast Tennis Foundation, has lifted the foundation to great heights since she took over as executive director in 2003. For example, she is responsible for obtaining $35,000 in grants from USTA Florida and $14,000 from USTA National for Suncoast Tennis Foundation community projects. She also played a major advocacy role in getting the City of Clearwater to reinstate $200,000 in the 2009 budget for the construction of new public courts and became one of the first community tennis associations awarded the professional services of the USTA Florida Fund development coordinator. Since 1999, Judy has also directly involved the Suncoast Tennis Foundation in various charity tennis tournaments and formed partnerships with numerous community groups such as the American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts of the Suncoast, Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Tennis Family of the Year - The Andy Gladstone Family of Port Orange
“Give it Your Best, Your Very Best…That’s All We Expect”

Tennis Family of the Year - Andy Gladstone FamilyThe Gladstone family is definitely a proponent of the healthy virtues that come from being involved with tennis, which is evidenced by the fact that the entire family is actively involved in various aspects of the sport. In addition to being a skilled player, wife Rita volunteers as a recreational coach workshop and QuickStart trainer and Jr. Team Tennis area league commissioner, while also serving as director of the Nike Tennis Camp at Rollins College. Thanks to her organizational skills, she also tripled enrollment in the Volusia County Jr. Team Tennis program over the past five years and was named USTA Florida Area League Commissioner of the Year in 2005. Husband Andy, who is USTA Florida’s director of competitive tennis, has been involved in a number of activities that are outside the purview of his job responsibilities. These include offering free coaching for competitive players one day each week at Airport Road Park, serving as a Jr. Team Tennis coach in the Volusia County league at the Florida Tennis Center, and captaining and coaching the Daytona Beach Fireballs to the Lakeland Sectionals, where they were finalists in their division. Son Paul, who is 11, is currently a Jr. Team Tennis participant who also plays in various USTA-sanctioned tournaments. Similarly, eight-year-old daughter Mira enjoys participating in Jr. Team Tennis competition and plays in various USTA-sanctioned tournaments. She also was invited to Carson, California to participate in the USTA Talent Identification Program.

“We truly feel that tennis and the great opportunities that USTA Florida have given us have made us a better family,” said Rita and Andy. “Since our children were born, they have been on the tennis court, and the benefits such as healthy bodies, confidence, travel opportunities, and friendships are priceless.”

Merit Award (Female) - Christine Shurtleff of Gainesville
“My Way”

Female Merit Award Winner - Christine ShurtleffWhen Christine Shurtleff retired and moved to Florida in 1996, it’s clear she had absolutely no idea what the word “retired” meant based on the incredible work ethic she has displayed as a USTA Florida volunteer over the past 11 years. Christine, who received the USTA Florida Senior League Local League Coordinator of the Year Award in 1999, has done an amazing job of increasing league participation in her area every year over the past decade. Just take a look at the following statistics, which demonstrate this fact. Over the past decade, she has increased adult league participation from 254 players in 1998 to 815 in 2008, combo adult participation from 454 in 2004 to 556 in 2007, and mixed adult participation from 59 in 1998 to 412 in 2004. Christine, who founded the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association in 2004 and serves as its president, also played a pivotal role in making a longstanding dream a reality: the establishment of a new public clay court facility, which is expected to open in March 2009. The facility will feature 14 hydrocourts and is being financed through a combination of a public bond issue and private investment/donations. “Tennis lovers in Gainesville are already celebrating this major accomplishment,” said Christine, who volunteers exclusively for USTA Florida. “We are all looking forward to another burst of tennis activity in this area when our new Jonesville Tennis Center opens for business.”

Merit Award (Male) - Larry Jaben of Jacksonville

Male Merit Award Winner - Larry JabenLarry Jaben’s contributions to Florida tennis are indeed “unforgettable” when you consider how intricately involved he has been in the game over the past 16 years. For instance, he played an instrumental role in organizing and developing league tennis in the Greater Jacksonville area and  has served as a local league coordinator for every imaginable division, including men’s and women’s adult, mixed doubles, seniors, super seniors, and super 70s. Larry, who received the USTA Florida Local League Coordinator of the Year Award in 1996 and the 2004 Committee of the Year Award in 2004, has also served in a number of other volunteer capacities, including a six-year stint as a district director and as a member of the USTA Florida Board of Directors. In addition, Larry has contributed his time and energy to an array of sectional committees that includes tenures on the Resource Council, Grievance Committee, Adult League Council, Professional Events Committee, and Leagues Council. During his exemplary volunteer career, he also has served as tournament director for USTA League championship events and volunteered for many activities and assignments within the USTA framework and his community. This includes organizing a core of volunteers, training league coordinators, serving as a board member of his local CTA—First Coast Tennis Foundation—and acting as site director for local USTA junior designated events.

Hall of Fame Inductee - Bruce Boiko of Miami
“The Best Shortcut Is Hard Work”

Hall of Fame Inductee - Bruce BoikoWhen it comes to encapsulating the countless contributions Bruce Boiko has made to USTA Florida, where do you begin? In an extraordinary volunteer career marked by incalculable accomplishments, Bruce is that rare individual who is able to combine engaging people skills, attention to detail and natural leadership abilities.  Initially volunteering while his daughter, Paige, excelled as a top 20 ranked national junior player and through her varsity career at the University of Virginia, Bruce continued to give-back to USTA Florida for many years thereafter. Early on he was selected to serve in various roles such as District 9 Director, Grievance Chair, Junior Ranking Chair, Bylaws Chair, Budget & Finance Chair, Governance Task Force Chair, a member of Grievance Appeals Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Junior Competitive Tennis Council, Facilities Assessment Task Force and Investment Committee.  He has also provided advice as the organization’s General Council.

His leadership on the Investment Committee helped the organization avoid the major market downturns during the “dot.com” period and recent financial down-turn. Thanks to his formidable business acumen, Bruce has helped create one of the largest financial reserves among the 17 National USTA sections. Successive nominating committees called upon Bruce to serve the organization as Director-at-large, Treasurer, President-Elect, President and USTA Delegate. Bruce is also primarily responsible for drafting the organization’s current bylaws, grievance procedures, junior competitive point penalty procedures, junior residency rules and was the impetus for the organization’s charitable arm – USTA Florida Foundation.  At the National level, he served on various committees and was recently selected as chair of the national USTA Grievance Committee.  Bruce currently serves at the grass roots level as President of the non-profit Friends of Miami Tennis, Inc, located in Miami-Dade County whose mission it is to provide quality tennis programs to under served segments of the community.  Because Bruce has made an everlasting string of laudable contributions to USTA Florida, he has been the recipient of the most prestigious sectional awards, such as the Tennis Family of the Year Award in 1996 and the Merit Award in 2000.

Other Awards

USPTA Florida Division Award Recipient - Jeff Davis of Treasure Island

Jeff Davis and Dave Richardson

Edward A. Turville President's Award Recipient - MaliVai Washington of Jacksonville

Celia Rehm and MaliVai Washington

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