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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEWS: Gotta Play Tennis recognized by USTA Middle States NJ

Much to the surprise of both Trish and myself, we received an invitation in the mail from the USTA Middle States informing us of an awards ceremony this Spring. But the bigger surprise was the fact that Gotta Play Tennis has been awarded the 2014 USTA Middle States New Jersey District ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR (non-commercial).

Apparently the nomination process is meant to include those who have "contributed to the promotion and growth of the sport of tennis in the Middle States Section" which include 17 USTA sections divided regionally into six districts.

First and foremost, we would like to thank the many parents and children from the Gloucester Twp. South Jersey area for all of their participation and involvement with our youth tennis programs. Without them, our programs would not exist. 

Secondly, we need to recognize the Gloucester Twp. Recreation department for their steadfast commitment to supporting our tennis programs in their community by allowing us to utilize tennis courts at both Point Ariel Park and Gloucester Twp. Community Park in Sicklerville, NJ. Special thanks to Recreation Supervisors Diane Jones and Bill Fagan.

Last but not least, Trish and I are humbled with this recognition by the USTA Middle States NJ District (2014 president Carol MacClennan). Special thanks to Carol and also to the supportive efforts of USTA Tennis Service Representative Lori Schwartz and Associate Executive Director for the USTA Middle States Ben Zislis.

As we move forward in 2015, we are as excited as ever to bring quality tennis programs to the masses through low-cost recreational programs available to children starting at the age of 5. We hope to continue growing the tennis community in South Jersey for many years to come.

Congratulations to the 2014 New Jersey District Award Winners

Adaptive Award - Magee Wheelchair Tennis Team

Coach of the Year - Jay Snyder/Lindenwold High School
Family of the Year - The Albert Stark Family
Junior Team Tennis Organizer - Lisa Ullmann
Organization - Commercial - Riverwinds Tennis Center
Organization - Non-Commercial - Gotta Play Tennis/Ron Miller
Teaching Professional - Eric Wall
Team Spirit Award - Rowan University Club Tennis Team
Tournament Director - Nancy Wilkins
USTA Captain (Women) - Karen Shinn
USTA Captain (Men) - Ron Battle

Volunteer- Adult - Mike Genovese
Volunteer- Junior - Caroline Casey
Volunteer - Junior - Kabir Sarita

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