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Palm Harbor's Wyman Named USTA Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month

March 20, 2013 02:24 PM
wyman_christopherChristopher Wyman applies his profession as a financial analyst to his passion as president (and past treasurer) for the Suncoast Tennis Foundation (STF) in the Hillsborough-Pinellas counties area -- and the financials, and the popularity and growth of tennis, are solid.
 
Each year the STF presents the unique Tournament of Champions, last month completing its 11th year. The event is invite-only, and features all the winners, finalists, semifinalists, and consolation winners in all divisions from 10 charity tennis tournaments held in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
 
"We just wrapped up a highly-successful Tournament of Champions at East Lake Woodlands Country Club," said Wyman, a resident of Palm Harbor, located just north of Clearwater. "It is the primary fundraiser for the Suncoast Tennis Federation, and requires more than 20 hours of preparation work."
 
Preparation includes organizing player goodie bags, setting up for the draw/player party, registering participants and distributing player bags, selling raffle tickets, sorting auction and raffle winners, and Wyman "helping out wherever an extra set of hands were needed."
 
The result was more than 150 players participating, and approximately $13,000 raised for the STF, which will use the money to fund local junior programs and other initiatives to grow tennis in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, and in outlying areas.
 
"I was pleasantly surprised with the amount raised because I was afraid the weather would keep the spectators away," STF Executive Director Judy Foster said of the cool temperatures during the event, speaking to Nancy Morgan of The Tennis News. "We will now aggressively market youth scholarships and facility assistance -- we want to get the money back into the community to continue to help grow tennis!"
 
Wyman added, "This tournament is not only a tournament, but provides recognition of players that have succeeded at their level in charity tennis competition. It's a great opportunity to get together and celebrate successes."
 
There was no rest for the weary after the Tournament of Champions, as Wyman and STF staff then began preparing for what has become one of the largest annual tennis festivals in the country, this year renamed the 2013 USTA Florida/Suncoast Tennis Foundation Tennis Play Day, and scheduled for April 6 at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater.
 
The event features play on adult-size courts, and also using the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, with games, prizes, free lesson courts, food and drinks, an extensive racquet demo selection, and information on local summer camps and other play opportunities. Families, children and adults are all encouraged to participate.
 
Now in its fifth year, the annual event regularly attracts from 500-600 participants.
 
USTA Florida congratulates Christopher Wyman as the February 2013 Volunteer of the Month for driving tennis participation and advocacy through his work with the Suncoast Tennis Foundation.
 
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER
 
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Mass.
Family Members: Wife, 2 Daughters, 1 son, and 2 "Schnoodles"
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Travel: Cape Cod
Favorite Shot: Overhead "Shock & Awe"
 
My earliest tennis memory was..."hitting a ball against the side of my parents brick house."
 
If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Ken Rosewall, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova."
 
When I am not playing tennis I am..."cooking for friends and family, hosting games nights and murder mystery dinners."
 
My best-ever tennis memory is..."Taking a doubles clinic with Fred Stolle and Owen Davidson and getting a chance to rally against them. I'm sure that they were keeping it in play and could have ended the point whenever they felt like it, but still a great experience."
 
I like to volunteer in tennis because..."I want to see the game continue to be available for everyone that wants to give it a try. As we continue to grow demand, more sites will either stay open or expand to meet the need."
 
 
 
 
 

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