USTA North Carolina has announced eight recipients who will be honored as this year's Community Development award winners. These awards were given out during the Community Development Workshop (CDW) on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
Each year USTA North Carolina gives out 40 awards over a wide range of categories to players, coaches, professionals and organizations across the state. Seven awards are annually handed out at the CDW. The remaining awards are presented during Tennis Weekend in January.
Educational Merit Award Given By Buster & Karen Brown
Pam Gilbert - Morrisville
A teaching pro at Cary Tennis Park and the head coach of the Green Hope High School girls' team, Pam Gilbert is one of the most respected instructors in the Western Wake area and the state of North Carolina.
USTA League Tennis Local League Coordinator of the Year
Iris Ham - Lake Norman
As a Local League Coordinator for over 15 years, Iris Ham has grown her leagues in Lake Norman by substantial margins. In the past decade, Lake Norman leagues have grown by 52%. They had more than 5,200 registrantions in 2015.
USTA Junior Team Tennis Local League Coordinator of the Year
Ken Glanville - Raleigh
If you're looking for an JTT favorite, Ken Glanville fits the description. His players love him and the parents in his leagues are always raving about his work in Raleigh.
USTA League Captain of the Year
Jenna Lay - Greensboro
Not one...not two...FIVE! Jenna Lay captained five teams in 2015. She's always an encouraging captain in Greensboro who is on top of her game.
League Volunteer Service Award Given by Omega Sports
JD Weber - Sherrills Ford
A member of two USTA North Carolina committees, a player on seven league teams and the main organizer for the 18 & Over State Championships in Lake Norman, JD Weber exemplifies what it means to go above and beyond for the sport of tennis.
Member Organization of the Year
Blakeney Racquet & Swim Club
With over 400 members and 14 total courts, Blakney Racquet and Swim Club has the second-highest number of USTA league teams in the Charlotte Metro League program. Their vibrant junior tennis programming and enthusiam for tournaments labels them as one of North Carolina's premier member organizations.
Outstanding Parks & Recreation Department Award
Kinston/Lenoir County Parks & Recreation
Bill Fay Park and Fairfield Park (combined 10 lighted hard courts) provide the means for Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation to host a variety of tennis activities throughout the year for all ages. Seven adult league teams, three JTT teams and four high school tennis teams called these courts home for 2015.
Community Tennis Association of the Year
Western Wake Tennis Association
USTA leagues, WWTA offseason leagues and tournaments, charity events, kids clinics and festivals...if you're looking for it, Western Wake Tennis Association's has it. With major increases in adult and junior participation, WWTA proved it was up to the challenge of growing the base for tennis in 2015.