2016 USTA Middle States Awards Announced

USTA Middle States this week released its list of 2016 award recipients, recognizing tennis leaders in 16 categories from across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Award recipients were chosen through a representation of USTA Middle States volunteers and staff, working together to compile nominations from each of the six Middle States districts: Allegheny Mountain (AMD), Central Pennsylvania (CPD), Delaware (DD), Eastern Pennsylvania (EPD), New Jersey (NJD) and the Philadelphia Area (PATD).

“These awardees represent the very best in our tennis community,” said USTA Middle States Executive Director Marlynn Orlando. “They are our tennis heroes who dedicate themselves to growing this great game and delivering tennis on every level, in a wide range of communities across the Middle States Section.”

Recipients will be honored at their respective annual district award ceremony, which will take place on various dates between January and May (listed below). A description of each award category can be found by clicking here.


Community Tennis Association Award: Kids Play Tennis Community Outreach (EPD)
Carol Strasser Memorial League Service Award: George Watson (DD)
Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach Award: Ann Koger (PATD)
Edwin J. Faulkner High School Award: Skip Shoemaker (PATD)
Family of the Year: Pipkin Family (CPD)
Tennis Industry Initiative Award: Tom Mosser (AMD)
Tennis Official Award: Melissa Jackson (DD)
Presidential Service Award: Cindy Mable (CPD)
Presidential Service Award: Gina Pileggi (NJD)
Teaching Professional Award: Jeremiah De Jose (DD)
Tennis On Campus Leader Award: Anna Osadchy (NJD)
Tennis On Campus Club Award: University of Pennsylvania (PATD)
Tournament Director Award: Kathie Herel (DD)
USTA Junior Team Tennis Organizer Award: Cindy Ashworth (EPD)
Adult Volunteer Award: Becky Desmond (PATD)
Junior Volunteer Award: Victoria Walters (PATD)
William A. Hills Section NJTL Chapter Award: Greater Pottstown Tennis and Learning (PATD)

District Award Ceremonies: Dates

Delaware District – January 29, 2017, Doubletree Hotel (Wilmington)
Philadelphia Area Tennis District – March 19, 2017, Green Valley CC (Lafayette Hill)
Eastern Pennsylvania District – March 19, 2017, Moravian College (Bethlehem)
New Jersey District – April 23, 2017, Ramblewood Country Club (Mt. Laurel)
Allegheny Mountain District – April 30, 2017, Pittsburgh Golf Club,  Schenley Park (Pittsburgh)
Central Pennsylvania District – April 30, 2017, Heritage Hills CC (York)

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.

To better serve local needs, USTA Middle States section is further subdivided into six districts: Allegheny Mountain, Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, Philadelphia Area, Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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