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East Wilkes Tennis Coach Up for National Award

U.S. Cellular's Most Valuable Coach program returns for its third year to honor current coaches of K-12 school-affiliated sports teams! These coaches connect to the good in all of us by inspiring their players through true leadership and community involvement. At the end of the program, the final three winning coaches will receive a donation of $50,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, to help their school. The first place coach will also be awarded with a Samsung tech prize package, valued at $30,000, for their school.

The Top 50 coaches have been nominated by their communities and selected by the program judges (Maya Moore & Randall Cobb). Now it’s up to us to vote!

East Wilkes High School tennis coach, Aaron Simmons, is among the Top 50 national finalists. Coach Simmons teaches tennis to all, no matter their background. He directs youth clinics each summer and organizes benefit tournaments annually. He’s even created a scholarship for students in need. He is involved in his church as a Sunday School teacher, a VBS worker and a youth teacher. He volunteers in a program called Real Men Read where he reads to a pre-K class and donates books monthly. He donates his time and money to help his students have experiences they may not get otherwise.

Please support the NC tennis community, by signing up and voting for Coach Simmons!


Public Voting to select the “Final 15 Coaches” from among the “Top 50 Coaches”   ends on October 8, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. CT.

Public Voting to help determine the Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize winners from among the “Final 15 Coaches” starts on October 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) CT, and ends on November 13, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. CT.

Judging, which is used along with the public voting to determine the Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize winners of the Contest from among the “Final 15 Coaches,” starts on or about November 14, 2018, and ends on November 20, 2018 .