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Middle States Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

hall of fame blogUSTA Middle States this week announced its 2015 class of inductees into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame. The group includes Mark Darby, Harry Ferrari, Bette Salmon and Dan Santorum.

The 22nd annual Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Longue Vue Club in Verona, Pa. The Longue Vue Club is 10 miles outside of Downtown Pittsburgh.

“It’s exciting to recognize this group for their many contributions to tennis,” said Hall of Fame Chair Bob Ruzanic. “All four of these individuals have grown our game in their own unique ways and have had a profound impact on the sport. We’re excited to honor them for their accomplishments.”

The USTA Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction is an annual event and rotates each year among the six Middle States Districts. Funds raised benefit the Middle States Tennis Patrons’ Foundation, which supports junior tennis programs in Middle States and furthers tennis education objectives throughout the Section.

Twenty-five percent of the evening’s proceeds will be distributed specifically in the Allegheny Mountain District (AMD).

Established in 1994, the prestigious Hall boasts 99 prior inductees, including tennis legend and women’s rights pioneer Billie Jean King, and former USTA Presidents Jane Brown Grimes, Merv Heller, Judy Levering, Dave Haggerty and Martin Tressel. The event provides an opportunity for all who love the game of tennis to celebrate the past and support the future.

Those interested in more information about the event should contact Middle States by emailing communications@ms.usta.com. Media inquires and requests should be sent to the same address.

Inductee Information

Madarbyrk Darby
After playing high-level junior tennis, the Beaver, Pa. native played No. 1 singles at Penn State University from 1976-78, where he ranks seventh all-time in career singles record. Since 1990, Darby served as the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Senior Supervisor, where he’s responsible for enforcing the rules and overseeing the competition on the ATP circuit.

 

ferrariHarry Ferrari
A nuclear engineer and recreational tennis player, Dr. Harry Ferrari developed Gamma Gut using Gamma Rays, defining nearly four decades of tennis for the company he founded, Gamma Sports. Over the years, Gamma Sports has become a staple in the tennis community, and is especially connected to the Pittsburgh community.

 

salmonBette Salmon
A former Middle States President, Bette Salmon has served more than 25 years on the local, section and national levels. In that time, she’s also been fully engaged as an advocate and leader in junior development, parks and recreation, and the USTA Pro Circuit.

 

santorumDan Santorum
Dan Santorum is the longtime CEO of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). In his tenure with PTR, Santorum has seen PTR membership quadruple as he’s made his goal growing and improving tennis for players, coaches and organizers across the globe.

 

 

About USTA Middle States

The USTA is organized geographically into 17 sections. The USTA Middle States section encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey (exclusive of a 35-mile radius around New York City) and northwestern West Virginia.

A volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization, USTA Middle States is dedicated to carrying out the goals of the national association within its region, particularly with respect to promoting tennis opportunities for juniors and adults of all abilities and cultural backgrounds. The volunteer board of directors has full exercise and administrative authority for the section. A professional staff, headed by the executive director, carries out the day-to-day operations. Association policy is formed through, and much of the section’s work is executed by, a volunteer structure.

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