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Allshouse, Nordlund Receive Volunteer Tennis Award; More

October 27, 2014 10:31 AM
Allshouse, Nordlund Receive Special Olympics Florida Volunteer Awards
 
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Cathy Nordlund and Susan Allshouse

USTA Florida volunteer Susan Allshouse and USTA Florida staff member Cathy Nordlund last month were honored with the Special Olympics Florida Outstanding Volunteers Award, presented at the organization's annual sponsor and athlete awards dinner in Brickell Key, Fla.

"You have been chosen to receive this award because of your dedication to providing our athletes with extensive coaching and support through USTA Florida," said Miami-Dade County Special Olympics Director Linsey Harris Smith. "We are inspired by your commitment to provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to train consistently and compete regularly. Under your excellent coaching leadership, our athletes have had the opportunity to improve their tennis skills to the point where many can now compete in singles and doubles matches. Your work sets the precedent for our goals in sports training in Miami-Dade County."

Allshouse and Nordlund organized or conducted in-school Special Olympics Tennis sessions in Miami and Homestead high schools, middle and elementary schools, and at education centers. School staff also participated in athlete workshops held at the Tamiami Tennis Center.

The pair also worked with Miami-Dade County to offer a Tennis Skills Development Program at four community sites with six-week sessions, and offering year-round tennis programs at Michael-Ann Russell JCC, Tamiami Park Tennis Center, Goodlet Park Tennis Center, and JD Redd Park Tennis Center. The program features matches set up for players, t-shirts, and end-of-the-season trophies and medals.

Summer Games Athlete Preparatory Clinics at Tamiami Tennis Center also prepare approximately 100 school-based athletes for the Special Olympics Summer Games, featuring tennis professionals and volunteers working with the athletes.

"I would like to give credit to Friends of Miami Tennis, a not-for-profit community tennis association that manages Tamiami Tennis Center and donates their time and pros for the preparatory clinics," Nordland said.

In February 2014, USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide additional tennis play opportunities to athletes in Florida. The result was evident in the performance of the athletes at the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2014, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando in May, where a record number of athletes competed in the Skills Competition and Match Play categories.

Special Olympics Miami-Dade is currently spearheading the move for Florida to adopt the Rule Changes of 2012 and 2014 to bring tennis to even more athletes and with greater success using the format of ROGY (Red, Orange, Green, Yellow ball progression with skill-appropriate court sizes and racquets) instruction and play.


Bocko Wins One-on-One Doubles Tennis in Tampa

 
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From left: Pro Division winner Matt Bocko and Tournament Director Ed Krass

Former Top 400-ranked Matt Bocko won the first place prize of $2,000 at the Tampa One-on-One Doubles Grand Prix Tournament, held Oct. 24-26, 2014 at the Avila Golf & Country Club.

Bocko defeated Pat Daciek 3-1 in the Pro Division final, with Daciek collecting the finalist prize money of $1,000.

The third-place playoff was won by Chris Henderson, a 3-0 winner over Andrew Laflin, the former Notre Dame standout. Henderson collected $750 for third place and Laflin earned $250 for his semifinal finish.

"National recording artist Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones performed their rockin' blues concert between courts 3 and 4 during the tournament to add to the electric atmosphere," said tournament organizer Ed Krass. "Chris Henderson, who made it to the quarterfinals of the last two tournaments, now leads the Grand Prix Circuit with 165 points."

The USTA Florida One-on-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National One-On-One Doubles Tournament to be held on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Other tournament participants included 1979 Wimbledon singles finalist Roscoe Tanner, 2006 US Open doubles semifinalist Ashley Fisher, and 1988 French Open doubles semifinalist Agustin Moreno.

The 4.5 NTRP Qualifier Tournament was won by Chris Muller, who defeated Tampa's Terry O'Grady 3-0 in the final. Muller won $200 and O'Grady $100, with both players receiving wild cards into the Pro Division event.

The year's final One-on-One Doubles Grand Prix Tournament will be held at the Buckhorn Springs Tennis & Swim Club in Valrico, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1-5 p.m. featuring musical guests Steve Arvey's Electric Blues Band starting at 3p.m.

For more info on participating in one-on-one doubles tournaments go to www.oneononedoubles.com.


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