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2018 USTA Middle States Awards Announced


USTA Middle States recently released its list of 2018 award recipients, recognizing tennis leaders in 14 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).

“I can’t say enough about this group of awardees,” said USTA Middle States President Wilson Pipkin. “We have so many incredible tennis advocates here in our Section. It will be exciting to honor them at their local award ceremonies this year.”

Recipients will be honored at their respective annual district award ceremony, which will take place on various dates, beginning in February.


2018 Awardees:

Adult Volunteer Award: Denise Dunn, York, Pa. (CPD)
Community Tennis Association Award: Burlington County Tennis Association, Burlington, N.J. (NJD)
Edwin J. Faulkner College Coach Award: Mehdi Rhazali, Philadelphia, Pa. (Drexel University) (PATD)
Edwin J. Faulkner High School Coach Award: Ryan Knarr, Robesonia, Pa. (Conrad Weiser High School) (EPD)
Family of the Year: Knowles Family, Wind Gap, Pa. (EPD)
Junior Volunteer Award: Valerie Motter, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (CPD)
Presidential Service Award:  Christian Sockel, Reading, Pa. (EPD)
Teaching Professional Award: Anthony DeCecco, Exton, Pa. (PATD)
Tennis Industry Initiative Award: DoubleTree by Hilton, Philadelphia-Valley Forge (PATD)
Tennis Official Award: Mike Yoder, Bethany Beach, Del. (DD)
Tennis On Campus Leader Award: Jamie Colvin, Slippery Rock University (AMD)

Tournament Director Award: Jose Mieres, Pittsburgh, Pa. (AMD)
USTA Junior Team Tennis Organizer Award: Jody Wilson, Ephrata, Pa. (CPD)
William A. Hills Section NJTL Chapter Award: Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association, Wilmington, Del. (DD)


District Award Ceremonies: Dates

Delaware District – February 24, 2019 DoubleTree Hotel (Wilmington)
Philadelphia Area Tennis District – March 10, 2019 – Green Valley CC (Lafayette Hill)
Central Pennsylvania District – April 28, 2019  – Heritage Hills CC (York)
New Jersey District – April 28, 2019 – Ramblewood Country Club (Mount Laurel)
Allegheny Mountain District – TBD
Eastern Pennsylvania District – TBD

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