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Tampa's Brundle Named USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month

December 1, 2014 09:53 AM
Brundle-VOM-photo-editedSeven years out of school, following graduation from Ferris State University with a degree in professional tennis management, Kevin Brundle looks like he could still be mistaken for a student. Or college tennis player.

But the tennis director for Tampa Tennis at Hillsborough Community College, the massive 41-court municipal complex, has already amassed an impressive resume. Off the court he is also serving to better the junior tennis structure in Florida as a USTA Florida volunteer committee member.

"As a first-time USTA Florida volunteer, Kevin took the leadership role with our Florida Youth Pathway Project Phase 1, leading the Entry Level team and playing a big role with assisting the team towards reaching their goals," said USTA Director of Competitive Tennis Jason Gilbert of the project to make junior competitive tennis an easier transition for Florida youth.

Brundle also leverages his youth to bring fellow players into tennis, whether in teaching, playing, volunteer or management roles. A USPTA-certified pro, he plays an integral role with the United States Professional Tennis Association-Florida Section's (USPTA Florida) U30 Team, which is building a new generation of under-30 tennis industry leaders.
 
"Kevin is an all-star on the USPTA Florida U30 Team," Gilbert says. "He assists on the Education and Sponsorship project teams, and is always looking at ways to become better at his craft. It's tennis professionals like Kevin that will keep our industry thriving for years to come."

This year Brundle was awarded as the Tampa-area USPTA District Pro of the Year, and was selected by USTA Florida as a member of the Junior Competitive Council for 2015. He has additionally assisted with USTA Florida Tenis para Todos (Tennis for Everyone) events, and serves as a board member for the Hillsborough County Community Tennis Association

He is also a host provider for multiple ROGY (Red, Orange, Green, Yellow ball progression for younger players) events, introducing children to the game with right-sized racquets, court sizes and balls that bounce in their hitting zones rather than over their heads.

"Kevin was one of our original ROGY providers and continues to be our best," said USTA Florida ROGY Coordinator Thad Hawkes. "He has been an advocate for youth tennis across the board and is quickly becoming a leader in our industry."

USTA Florida thanks Kevin Brundle as the 2014 December Volunteer of the Month for his involvement in virtually all aspects of tennis in the Tampa area, and at the state level.

"I volunteer for the same reason I love my job," he says, "making a difference in peoples lives and giving them the best experience possible while playing tennis."

ABOUT KEVIN

Birthplace: Michigan
Family Members: "Mother, father and two sisters"
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Travel: "Anywhere with a beach"
Favorite Shot: Forehand

My earliest tennis memory was..."Playing USTA tournaments when I was 14 years, old not even realizing tennis would become my career."

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be..."Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal."

When I am not playing tennis I am..."Being the director of tennis and relaxing on the beach."

My best tennis memory is..."Winning the conference championship during my senior year in high school."

 
 

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