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Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Centers Receive USTA Facility Awards
July 23, 2014 01:19 PM
Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center
Broken Sound Club
The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., were announced this week as two of 12 facilities across the U.S. receiving USTA Facility Awards.
The 33rd annual USTA Facility Awards recognize excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Representatives will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30, 2014.
Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, one of just four large public tennis centers to be recognized, provides instruction and competition for all ages and abilities in a natural setting in the midst of urban development. The center also boasts top-flight maintenance supported by ample city resources, outstanding professionals and a customer-oriented staff, and a sound management that continually seeks to provide high-quality public tennis.
Broken Sound Club is one of just five private tennis centers to be recognized by the USTA. The club is the host site for a number of USTA events and exhibitions with world-renowned tennis players, and provides Spanish River School and Grandview Preparatory School the use of the courts and the facility for their high school matches and practices. Broken Sound Club also boasts a successful junior tennis academy and youth summer program.
The club's philanthropic efforts include hosting a number of fundraising tennis tournaments and other sporting events to support charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Donna Klein Academy, and Tunnel To Towers Foundation. In addition, Broken Sound is an environmentally-friendly club, enlisting energy-saving measures in their construction and daily practices.
"These tennis centers have embraced many of our initiatives, including youth tennis utilizing 36- and 60-foot courts, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "It is outstanding tennis facilities like these that help us grow the game at the grass-roots level, and for that reason and so much more, we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact and contribution to the sport of tennis."
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private or commercially owned and operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Each of the winning facilities was praised for implementing USTA initiatives such as youth tennis utilizing 36' and 60' courts.
Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities' participation in USTA programs.
All 2014 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools, and those professionals responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.
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