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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.