Each month, USTA North Carolina will celebrate a tennis volunteer who is doing something to promote and develop the growth of tennis. From grass-roots community activists to family volunteers, on-court instructors to behind-the-scenes volunteers, these are the people who make tennis happen. Nominate someone today!
All we need is the volunteer's name, a paragraph or two explaining why they deserve to be recognized and, if possible, a small picture of the volunteer. Send your nominations to email@example.com.
JULY 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- Tom Parks -
Tom Parks is the Director of Tennis at Pine Valley Country Club, where his responsibilities include managing all aspects of the tennis facility including hiring, developing and managing the staff, recruitment and expansion of the membership, advertising and promotions. Not only has he exceeded all membership goals, Tom has also coached a top-ranked junior who plays No. 1 for LSU and has coached other college players who were recipients of tennis scholarships. Under Tom's guidance, multiple teams, both juniors and adults, have qualified for NC State USTA Championships.
Tom has many other accomplishments including 2008 USTA Professional of the Year for NC, 2011 USPTA NC Facilities Manager of the Year. He also developed a program that established a national tennis program for the Egyptian Tennis Federation. The Greater Wilmington Tennis Association is deeply involved in the Play Tennis NC initiative to attract new tennis players in the 18-40 demographic. Tom has developed programs to reach these players including running beginner clinics for players just getting started. In addition, he is overseeing the beginner league into which these players transition. He is also running the new Singles-Mingles program which is attracting more players in this age division. Tom also played an integral part in developing the GWTA PTR Certification Program joining with PTR to bring new, young coaches into the PTR professional coaching organization and incorporating these coaches into the programs that are run.
Tom sits on the GWTA board as the pro rep. He is always willing to step up and do anything GWTA needs.On top of all this, everyone he knows says he is an all-around great guy who loves tennis and loves bringing new people into the game!
JUNE 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- Kevin Caccia -
Although Kevin is a teaching pro, he spends a lot of his time giving back to the tennis community. He serves as the president of the Cape Fear Community Tennis Association and has led the efforts to integrate the USTA league tennis program under the CTA in the past few months. He volunteered a ton of time to run the Junior Team Tennis State Championships in Fayetteville (he did this last year as well). Last month Kevin volunteered with Dick Stockton's Blue Sky Foundation to put on a fun day of tennis for active & former military personnel, as well as the families. He holds fund-raising tennis events each year to benefit various charities. He is currently the Director of Tennis at Highland Country Club. He played varsity tennis for Methodist University and he is a USPTA member.
MAY 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- Pam Priddy -
Pam Priddy is a perfect example of dedication without expectations. Pam and her children, Jordan and Robby, have been volunteering for the Raleigh Tennis Association for a few years. Last year Pam stepped up to the plate and volunteered to chair the SEC Special Events committee for the RTA. Her passion to get involved is contagious. Last year for the 2013 RTA Spring Swing that benefitted the Abilities Tennis association, Pam jumped on board and recruited a committee filled with passionate tennis enthusiasts ready to help! Her passion and dedication helped the RTA raise over $8,000.00 for the ATANC. This year, in preparation for our next Event “Footprints on the court”, Pam has once again pulled together a perfect group of very enthusiastic tennis players ready who have now formed their own sub committees to help create and organize this event. In addition to her hard work and attending the RTA board meetings, she is always there to lend a helping hand for projects such as the USTA Hispanic outreach, and the ATANC Winter Chill. She donates her time, her truck, her family and her passion.
APRIL 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- William Davis -
Billy is a wonderful tennis player who volunteers his time within the community. He works as a volunteer coach with Hillside High School and does volunteer work as a coach for Jr. Team Tennis in Durham. He has done the leagues for several years and does a wonderful job. He further supports the DOCTA indoor tennis clinics and volunteers his time weekly to assure that youth have an opportunity to increase their skills and love of tennis. He's also a member of Magic Express Tennis Club.
MARCH 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- Jimmy McDonald -
Jimmy McDonald is the outgoing president of DCTA. He is a role model for others in his contributions and dedication to promoting tennis in eastern North Carolina. His enthusiasm made it possible for the DCTA to host several youth events by encouraging those in the area to make tennis a “fun” activity.
Jimmy continues to serve as a board member of DCTA and is currently the chairperson of the Scholarship Committee. DCTA has also been able to depend on Jimmy to deliver with quality service, whether it’s participating in or spearheading various tennis activities, or making sure their food orders are on time. Jimmy is truly an asset to tennis!
FEBRUARY 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- Bobby Taylor -
Bobby Taylor lives in Area 3 but touches the "tennis" lives of several surrounding areas, especially Area 2, in his efforts to grow tennis in North Carolina. He has been involved in tennis most of his life but this nomination will only hit the "highlights" of the past 20+ years. He is a club owner, and he has been a tournament director for 33 years and a USTA league player for 32 years.
Bobby has been an active board member of the Wilson Tennis Foundation for over 20 years, helping to successfully host State League Tournaments in Wilson for the past 10 years. He ran the first Cinny Bunn Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society, a tournament now in its 26th year. For several years Bobby has hosted and run three tournaments per year for nonprofits, with each tournament raising an average of $10,000.
For the past five years, Bobby has been Greene Central High School's Boys tennis coach and was voted the Conference Coach of the year in 2013. On the state level, he has served on the NCTA Adult League Committee for 5+ years and has been the Chairman of the State Site Selection Committee for the past 4 years.
With all this said, he has his priorities straight...even with this much tennis in his life; family comes first (his wife Carol, daughter Samantha, and son Robbie), followed by close friends, then tennis.
JANUARY 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
- Cindy Perry -
The "Volunteer of the Month" is sponsored by Team Connection and each recipient will receive a $25 gift certificate for their service. The North Carolina Tennis Service Recognition Committee selects recipients the first week of each month.