Four Inducted into Prestigious Middle States Hall of Fame

Four of the area’s most dedicated tennis advocates were inducted into the Middle States Hall of Fame Friday night, joining 86 past inductees who received the prestigious honor.

Hall of Fame 2012 Inductees
From left to right: Bruce Kisthardt, Bill Humes, Laura Canfield and Lisa Duncan

Inductees included Laura Canfield (Langhorne, Pa.), Lisa Duncan (Morgantown, Pa.), Bill Humes (Princeton, N.J.) and Bruce Kisthardt (Macungie, Pa.)

“These individuals have done an incredible job, over their careers, growing tennis,” Middle States President George Parnell said. “Honoring their achievements and accomplishments is the least we can do.”

Abbreviated bios of each inductee can be found below.

Laura Canfield  has impacted the game at every level. A former local standout junior and collegiate player, Canfield’s involvement has hit courts locally and nationally. A self-described “public-parks kid,” she currently focuses her energy on the award-winning Bucks County Tennis Association, a non-profit that she co-founded in 2001. Canfield spent 25 of her over 30 years in the tennis industry as a staff member of the USTA, 13of which came as the Executive Director of Middle States. Canfield volunteers extensively for tennis and recreation at the community, regional and national level, including the Middle States Board of Directors and the USTA national Nominating Committee.

Lisa Duncan (Morgantown, Pa.) spent the past 40 years playing, coaching and growing tennis. An avid writer, she authored a five-book curriculum series entitled Teaching Tennis, which is used worldwide in physical education classes, USA Team Tennis practices and community programs. She’s been featured in numerous publications and has earned honors from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Professional Tennis Registry, USTA and more. Of her many involvements and initiatives, Duncan serves on the USTA National 10 and Under Tennis Task Force and is a former member of the USA School Tennis Committee.

Bill Humes (Princeton, N.J.) happened to stumble across tennis by chance when he was introduced to Eve Kraft and given the opportunity to teach tennis for the Princeton Community Tennis Program. Those involved with the sport are lucky it happened, as Humes’ impact on the game has been vast. Humes has been an integral member of the tennis community for more than 50 years. In addition to teaching high school mathematics at Princeton High School, Humes coached the boys’ tennis team for 17 years and eventually took over the girls’ tennis program, coaching that team for 22 years before retiring in 2000. As an accomplished player, teacher and coach, Humes has touched the lives of thousands of children, high school players and adults over the years, sharing his passion for the game.

Bruce Kisthardt (Macungie, Pa.) began his involvement with the tennis community with one goal: to promote and enhance the game in any and every way possible. Winner of the 2012 Mangan Award, Kisthardt has numerous stints on the Middle States District and Section board, and is the past president of the Middle States Tennis Patrons’ Foundation. He has created numerous community programs and is heavily involved at the grassroots level. In addition, Kisthardt created a tennis program for Alzheimers patients that is being utilized by several senior living homes throughout Pennsylvania.

The induction ceremony, which was emceed by former top American player Elise Burgin, was just one part of the 2012 Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner & Auction. Now in its 19th year, the silent and live auctions before dinner raised money for the Middle States Tennis Patrons Foundation, supporting junior tennis programs and furthering tennis education objectives in Middle States.

Established in 1994, the mission of the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame is to recognize those Middle States individuals who have made significant achievements and contributions to the sport of tennis, and to become a major fundraising vehicle for the development and support of junior programs and activities. Hall of Fame inductees fall into two categories: Player and Non-Player. Non-players include coaches, media members, officials and volunteers.

For photos from the evening, click here.

About the Hall of Fame
Established in 1994, the prestigious Hall boasts 86 prior inductees including tennis legend and women’s rights pioneer Billie Jean King, and former USTA Presidents Jane Brown Grimes, Merv Heller, Judy Levering and Martin Tressel. The event provides an opportunity for all who love the game of tennis to celebrate the past and support the future.

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