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Florida Tennis Briefs: USTA FL's Davis Awarded; TOPS'L Toy Drive; Free 2.5 Ladies Event in Jacksonville

December 15, 2010 09:22 AM
Punta Gorda's Donn Davis Honored with USPTA Florida/USTA Florida Service Award for Tennis
Donn Davis (right) and USPTA Florida Division President
Richard Centerbar
Outgoing USTA Florida President Donn Davis of Punta Gorda was presented with the USPTA Florida/USTA Florida Service Award in December during the 61st annual USTA Florida Annual Meeting and Volunteer Weekend, held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.

The joint award presented by the United States Professional Tennis Association-Florida Division (USPTA Florida), and the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida) is for leadership and vision in promoting both organizations.

"The USPTA/USTA service award was presented to Donn in recognition of his vision to merge leadership and make sure the USPTA Florida Division tennis professionals' voice is heard," said USPTA Florida Division President Richard Centerbar, who presented the award. "Relations with both organizations working together allow us to accomplish many tennis programs with continued growth and passion for the great sport of tennis."

Davis' presidential tenure was marked by an effort in tandem with USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth to not only work more closely with the USPTA and PTR teaching pro organizations, but help spur growth in Florida for teaching pros with opportunities such as the introduction of the QuickStart Tennis play format to attract more 10-and-under players to tennis. During his tenure, USPTA Florida representative Dave Richardson, a past USPTA-Florida Division president, joined the USTA Florida Board of Directors.

In addition to the 2009-2010 USTA Florida presidency, Davis served as USTA Florida president-elect from 2007-08, vice president from 2005-06, USTA Florida Board of Directors 2005-present, Nominating Committee chair 2007-08, Volunteer Council 2003-06, Regional Directors Committee chair 2005-06, and District 13 director 2003-04. At the USTA National level he has served on the Section President's Committee 2009-10, the USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA) Committee 2005-present, and was an NTRP verifier 2000-01. He is also the president of his local Charlotte County Community Tennis Association 1999-present, and a USTA life member.

"It's been an honor to serve USTA Florida as president and I look forward to many more years of service, initially as past president and USTA section delegate, and then with whatever needs to be done," Davis said.

TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort Hosts Toys for Tots Tennis Event

TOPSL-webThe TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla., hosted a Toys for Tots Charity Round Robin on Dec. 10, 2010. Thirty-six TOPS'L members came together to support the cause, donating 84 toys to date.

"Entry into the event was one unwrapped gift per person for a little boy or girl, with a total of 84 toys raised between this event and members bringing toys to the club," said Joe D'Aleo, director of tennis, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort. "The range of types of toys has been fantastic for both boys and girls, from small items for a 3-year-old to bikes for the older age groups."

D'Aleo added that the Toys for Tots charity is in particular need in the Panhandle area, which has been hurt by the economic downturn and the much-publicized oil spill in the gulf over the summer.

"One of my members, Kay Fleshman, called me weeks ago and together we thought this was a great way to give back to the local families in this time of need," D'Aleo said. "There are lots of families in our area hurting this year more than ever and I am proud of how the TOPS'L members rallied together for such a worthy cause. Hopefully we can touch the hearts of many kids in our area that would have gone without any presents this year."

Free Ladies Tennis 2.5 Play Day in January at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club

A USTA Florida 2.5 Ladies Play Day will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. The event is free and open to ladies who have never played league tennis, or are returning to the game, and/or have a 2.5 rating.

A morning of fun and social round robin play will include local teaching professionals assisting on court to give pointers and tips, with a "Hit for Prizes" at the end of play.

"This day is going to provide great on-court, real-match experience for new players," says Amanda Becker, USTA Florida tennis program coordinator for the First Coast region. "It will also help beginner players to get a feeling of what USTA Leagues is all about, and give them information on playing in the 2.5 division for the 2011 season which will start the following week."

In addition, all players will receive a gift from USTA Florida, with a brief explanation of league tennis and a Q&A on how to become more involved in leagues. During lunch, ladies will be entertained by a doubles exhibition featuring four Jacksonville teaching pros.

"We are pleased to be partnering with the USPTA and PTR professionals in Jacksonville to provide fun tennis for all those who are looking for a little exercise, camaraderie, and enjoyment of new friendships," said USTA Florida Director of Leagues Sandy Marshall. "See you on the courts January 29th, 2011."

The Ladies Play Day at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club will be the first of three beginner/2.5-level play days in Jacksonville in 2011. The second will be held in May during National Tennis Month, featuring men and women, location to be announced, and the third in September in conjunction with the US Open.

USTA League is the country's largest recreational tennis league, helping more than 325,000 players nationwide get on the court, have a good time, and step up their game. The League is organized as competitive team match play, with teams made up of a minimum of 5-8 players depending upon division. Teams and matches are set up according to NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings, so your teammates and opponents will be at your skill level, with leagues ranging from the 2.5 beginner level up to 5.0 advanced and Open divisions. The competition is exciting, the atmosphere is social, and since players compete on teams, you have a built-in cheering section.

Please register in advance as space for this event is limited. For more information or to register contact Amanda Becker, USTA Florida tennis program coordinator for the Jacksonville area, at becker@florida.usta.com, or go to www.ustajacksonville.com.





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