The USTA announced that the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, Pa., is one of 12 winners in the 36th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.
The Upper Main Line YMCA was honored at the USTA National meeting in Orlando, Oct. 11-15.
Based in the Philadelphia suburb of Berwyn, the Upper Main Line YMCA is one of the largest single-location YMCA tennis facilities in the nation, with 25 courts set on a 54-acre campus. The tennis facility is staffed with USPTA and USPTR tennis professionals. Guided by its mission and cause to strengthen the foundations of the community, the facility is committed to helping kids develop values and confidence, engaging individuals of all ages in tennis to improve their health. The facility is home to more than 50 teams playing USTA Adult, USTA Junior Team Tennis, Philadelphia Suburban League and the DelTri League.
“Great tennis facilities like the Upper Main Line YMCA help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive Community Tennis and the USTA National Campus. “The Upper Main Line YMCA has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.
All 2017 award winners received a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools and those professionals responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.
The 2017 USTA Facility Awards Program winners
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Ida Stone Jones Community Tennis Center, Bristol, Tenn.
Huether Family Match Pointe, Sioux Falls, SD
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Cooper Creek Tennis Center, Columbus, Ga.
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, Atlanta, Ga.
Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center, San Diego, Calif.
Upper Main Line YMCA, Berwyn, Penn.
Peachtree City Tennis Center, Peachtree, Ga.
Rockingham Community College Tennis Courts, Wentworth, N.C.
Dataw Island Club Tennis Center, St. Helena Island, S.C.
Overland Park Racquet Club, Overland Park, Kan.
Bentwood Country Club, San Angelo, Texas (Featured Facility)
Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington, N.C.
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