April 12th, 2024

Celebrating National Volunteer Month: Charlotte Stark

Community Tennis News Volunteer Aces

During National Volunteer Month, USTA Florida recognizes and honors volunteers and their invaluable work within the tennis community. 

Charlotte Stark is a shining example of the impact one person can make through volunteering in the tennis community. From her early years as a player to her current volunteer roles, Charlotte has dedicated herself to giving back and making a difference. 

Her journey with tennis began at the age of 7, evolving from a player to a passionate volunteer. Inspired by her parents’ dedication to community service, Charlotte started volunteering in high school, assisting with local tennis clinics and camps.  

She loves tennis as both a player and volunteer because she’s able to socialize, exercise and meet new people. “Tennis is also a sport for all ages and abilities,” she said. “I love encouraging new people to join our sport and explaining you can play and get involved in leagues at any ability and play at your level.” 

Currently, Charlotte serves as a volunteer for the USTA Florida Section on the Adult League Committee. She is involved in various committees, including medical, championship, and rules & regulations. Charlotte generously donates her time mostly in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, including at the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, where she volunteers as a physical therapist, helping get players back on the court so they can enjoy the game of tennis. 

Despite being relatively new to volunteering with USTA Florida, only in her second year, Charlotte is thrilled to be a part of the volunteer community. “I love seeing someone happy,” she said. “If giving my time and services can help accomplish happiness in others, then I have succeeded in my efforts of volunteering.” 

Tennis has taken her across the state as Charlotte’s role on the Adult League Committee allows her to volunteer at Sectional Championships at the USTA National Campus. “It’s pretty neat to be able to volunteer at multiple locations and time zones in the state.” 

Looking ahead, Charlotte’s main goal through volunteering is to grow the game. “I want to keep volunteering to make the experience of playing tennis enjoyable to everyone and encourage new players to start playing this amazing sport!” 

“If you want to make a difference, volunteer,” is Charlotte’s advice to those looking for ways to get involved in their community.  USTA Florida thanks Charlotte for her dedication to growing the game of tennis and supporting all ages, abilities, and skill levels to try the game! “Being recognized helps give me validation that I am making a difference and encourages me to do more to help out,” Charlotte said.  

For more information on how to get started with volunteering in your county, visit ustaflorida.com/volunteer and start making a difference.