The USTA Florida Section has been named the USTA Section of the Year by Tennis Industry magazine in the publication’s 15th annual “Champions of Tennis Awards,” which honors people, businesses and organizations dedicated to improving the sport and business of tennis.
“Sometimes, you just have to go back to the well for another drink. Such is the case with our 2015 USTA Section of the Year, which is USTA Florida — the third time Florida has won TI’s Section of the Year honors (it won in 2005 and 2007),” reads the article in the publication’s January 2016 issue.
“Florida again continues to lead in so many areas, it’s hard to highlight them all…The section has championed “Masters Tennis,” an adult short-court program using ROG [red-orange-green dot balls] that continues to spread to other parts of the country. USTA Florida’s “Tenis Para Todos” diversity initiative was so successful that USTA national has picked up the name and website for a national launch.
To encourage 10 and under tournament players, the section introduced an innovative Youth Tournament Pathway. Four years ago, the section partnered with the USPTA Florida Section to grow the game, and this year, it partnered with the PTR to provide scholarships for coaches of diverse backgrounds or those working with diverse populations.”
USTA Florida President Nancy Horowitz says, “With our partnership with USPTA and…PTR, we will become even stronger in our efforts to get more people in the game.”
To read the full article go to www.tennisindustrymag.com/issues/201601/index.php.
Also receiving recognition from Florida was the Bonita Bay Tennis Center in Bonita Springs, named Private Facility of the Year.
Tennis Industry has been covering the tennis business and the sport for 44 years. Available in both print and digital editions, TI is the official publication of the Tennis Industry Association, U.S. Racquet Stringers Association, and American Sports Builders Association. For more visit www.tennisindustrymag.com.