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Fort Myers' D'Amico Named USTA Florida Nov. Tennis Volunteer of the Month

November 12, 2012 11:54 AM
Fort Myers' D'Amico Named USTA Florida Nov. Tennis Volunteer of the Month
 
Paul_DAmico_PhotoThis year the Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club in Fort Myers hosted the first Pink & Blue Mixed Doubles Classic, what will be an annual tournament that raises money for cancer survivors. The event joined Madisen's Match, which the Landings took over, featuring exhibitions from tour players, clinics and more to benefit the Lee Memorial Health System's Regional Cancer Center, and Barbara's Friends -- The Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.
 
The organizer behind all the fundraising is Landings Tennis Director Paul D'Amico, who in 2012 has put resources and much of his own time into giving back to the Ft. Myers community through tennis.
 
"I donated tennis balls, nets and windscreens to the Lee County CTA [Community Tennis Association]," D'Amico said. "I have always associated myself with a local community wherever I have taught tennis. Lee County has a broad reach, so they were the most logical. The equipment would be used appropriately for parks and rec. programs as well as assisting the local schools."
 
The idea for the Pink & Blue Mixed Doubles Classic came in collaboration with one of the members at his club.
 
"When I realized I could do an event, I called Lee Memorial Hospital and then set it up from there," D'Amico said. "As for Madisen's Match, it was the second year that the Landings has hosted the event. It was ironic that the executive director was one of my former pros from Maryland, where I gave him his first job as a teaching pro, so it was an easy addition to continue and expand the event."
 
Like many who have spent a lifetime involved in tennis, D'Amico enjoys giving back to the game that has given him to much.
 
"Tennis has done so much for me," he said. "I started playing tennis when I was 4-5 years old. I played all through juniors, and tennis allowed me to meet many influential people. It provided the funding for me to go to college as well as law school. It has created the contacts for jobs at times. Because of tennis, I was able to travel to many places around the world. I want others, kids, to have those same opportunities that I have had."
 
In the course of his travels and current position he has used his connections to also assist schools and the Big Brothers program. USTA Florida congratulates Paul D'Amico as the November 2012 Volunteer of the Month for his contributions to local grassroots tennis and fundraising for those less fortunate.
 
ABOUT PAUL
 
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island
Family Members: son Tre D'Amico
Favorite Movie: Bull Durham
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Travel: Hawaii
Favorite Shot: backhand down the line
 
My earliest tennis memory was..."playing at the Newport Tennis Casino next to Tom and Tim Gullikson."
 
If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe."
 
When I am not playing tennis I am..."teaching tennis."
 
My best-ever tennis memory is..."playing in the 3rd round in a ITF Satellite in Portugal in 1993."
 
I like to volunteer in tennis because..."by volunteering, I promote the sport that I love."
 
 
 
 
 

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