2019 Middle States Hall of Fame Inductee: Dan Faber
At his core, Dan Faber will always be an educator. For the last two decades, he has proven that through his work in tennis and the community.
“Education has been a part of everything that I’ve done,” he said. “I can’t imagine a time when that won’t be the case.”
Currently the Executive Director of the USTA Foundation, Faber’s role combines tennis and education to positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of kids and hundreds of communities each year. Serving the community has been a lifelong journey for Faber, and that’s one of the reasons he’ll be inducted into the Middle States Hall of Fame on October 17.
Before Faber began his career as a school teacher and educator through tennis, he was a happy-go-lucky kid in Michigan, playing sports in his friends’ front yards. This included tennis.
“We would set up a string across our driveway and play,” he said. “I remember unraveling golf balls so we could use the core of the golf ball to hit with tennis racquets.”
Fast-forward to 2000, and Faber connected with the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton. Soon after, he took the role of Director of Program and Development, and later, Executive Director.
Under Faber’s leadership and with the support of people like Amy Smith, Beth Deitchman, Ginny Mason and Albert Stark, NJTL of Trenton’s revenue doubled to more than $1 million. Years of fundraising and building a network of support culminated in the rejuvenation of Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park Tennis Courts, which now feature six renovated hard courts, 14 “10 and Under” short courts, a stadium court, and a two-story pavilion. The courts continue to be a centerpiece in NJTL of Trenton’s community work on a daily basis.
“Prior to that, our staff started every morning pulling the weeds out of the clay,” he said. “You would see the kids playing on the courts and just think, ‘They deserve better than that.”
As busy as he was with work, Faber also has found time to volunteer. He served on the Middle States Board of Directors, where he helped shape efforts of the section and became better connected with the USTA. Each experience helped lead him to his current role, in which he’s directed the USTA Foundation to unprecedented growth in recent years.
True to his character, Faber takes every opportunity he can to thank others and recognize their part in his success. He doesn’t ever go more than a few minutes without mentioning his wife, Jennifer, and his daughter, Sydney.
“There is no way that I could do what I’ve been able to do without my family. Without their support,” he said. “They are definitely the most important thing in my life.”
Faber will join three additional outstanding tennis advocates in the 2019 Hall of Fame class. The event takes place Thursday, October 17 at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. The additional class members for the 2019 Middle States Hall of Fame inductees are Shari Bucklin-Webber, Virgil Christian and Ann LoPrinzi.
Tickets and additional information can be secured by visiting www.mshalloffame.org.