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Tallahassee's Howe Receives USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award

June 21, 2010 05:28 PM
From left: USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth and Glen Howe
It was as much a surprise to Glen Howe as to everyone else when he was called up to the podium to receive the USTA Florida/USPTA Florida Division Service Award in June at the USPTA Florida
Division Convention in Key Largo, Fla. But the honor wasn't a surprise to the tennis community in Tallahassee, Fla., where Howe is valued as a teaching professional and tennis superintendent for the City of Tallahassee since 2006.

"When [USTA Florida Executive Director] Doug Booth went up to the podium, I was actually shocked, there were so many deserving individuals there that get tennis going in Florida," Howe said. "I'm pretty overwhelmed by it. I'm humbled by the fact there are so many amazing tennis individuals of the past and present that are on that list [of recipients], it was very exciting for me."

The joint award presented by the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section and the United States Professional Tennis Association-Florida Division is for leadership and vision in promoting both organizations. The honor follows past USPTA awards Howe has received, including USPTA Florida Professional of the Year and District Pro of the Year in 2006, USPTA National Facility Manager of the Year in 2001, and he has been an award-winning USPTA Florida Tester since 2004. As a former member of the USPTA Middle States district he was named Player of the Year, Professional of the Year, and is a past president.

Howe gives back to the Tallahassee community in a number of ways, as Booth noted regarding Howe's annual involvement in the Special Olympics Day held at the Tallahassee Challenger pro event.

"It meant a lot to me that I went up to Doug afterward and talked to him and -- it's one thing to get an award, but it's another to think that USTA Florida thought that way of me," Howe said. "He actually mentioned that he saw me out here [during the Tallahassee Challenger] with the 350 Special Olympics kids and he said he recognized the servant's heart I have toward the tennis community and it meant a lot that Doug felt that."

Howe's other USTA-specific involvement includes his designation as a USTA National Trainer since 2005; conducting and leading USTA Recreational Coach Workshops and PE Teacher In-Services around the state of Florida; acting as a USTA Florida junior zonal coach; and his designation as a USTA High Performance Coach. He also writes an "Ask About Tennis" column for his local newspaper, the Tallahassee Democrat.






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