The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recently announced the Pipkin family (Landisville, Pa.) as the recipient of the Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award. The Pipkin family was recognized at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, held March 22-25, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.
The Pipkins were selected for their outstanding contributions to helping grow tennis at the local level.
The Ralph W. Westcott USTA Family of the Year Award, created by the USTA in 1965, is presented annually to a family that volunteers its time to promote tennis, emphasizing the theme that tennis is a family game. The Pipkins are a multi-generational family, all passionate about tennis. Wilson and Jennifer Pipkin passed on their love of tennis to their three children: Chase, Madison and Hannah.
A life-long tennis player, Wilson Pipkin has turned his passion for tennis into a career. Serving as Director of Tennis at the Hempfield recCenter since 1985, he has elevated the profile of the club through successfully supervising the junior, adult and wheelchair tennis tournaments. Pipkin also served on the USPTA Executive Committee and the USPTA National Awards Committee. Locally in the USTA Middle States Section, he currently serves as President. He has volunteered with the USTA Middle States Central Pennsylvania District since the 1990s.
Pipkin’s wife, Jennifer shares her love for the sport by coaching tennis at Hempfield High School. She also serves as an instructor, site leader, and coordinator for the National Junior Tennis League.
Wilson and Jennifer’s three children are active tennis players as well. Chase is a volunteer for the USTA Pro Circuit and was named MVP of his tennis team at Hempfield High School. Madison competed in the National Team Qualifier at Elizabethtown College and is a USTA Team Captain, while Hannah was the team captain of her college tennis team at Kutztown University and a member of the Kutztown University Student-Athlete Committee.
Outside of the tennis community, the Pipkin family has dedicated their lives to other charitable causes. In addition to starting the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Christmas Giving Gift Program in their community, they also established the Hempfield Area Food Pantry in 2008 to provide hunger relief to families and individuals who are unable to afford food.
“The USTA is proud to honor the Pipkin family for their dedication to the sport and their impact upon the tennis community,” said Craig Morris, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “The Pipkins exemplify the best parts of the sport and their efforts continue to help the growth of tennis.”
The USTA Annual Meeting and Conference brings together USTA leadership, national staff, national committee members and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis. Along with leadership and committee meetings, the Annual Meeting provides educational opportunities for all attendees to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills and learn new ways to promote the game of tennis.
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