USTA Honors Chesapeake, Va., Resident with National Award
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2015 – The USTA has announced that Jennifer Toomy, of Chesapeake, Va., has been selected as the recipient of the Janet Louer USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) National Organizer of the Year Award. Toomy was honored at an awards banquet involving more than 600 community tennis leaders during the annual USTA Tennis Development Workshop (TDW), Nov. 5-7, at the Sheraton San Diego.
Toomy currently works with the Norfolk Tennis Association and also is the Junior Team Tennis (JTT) coordinator for Hampton Roads. She was the Director of Junior Development and resident tennis professional at the Boars Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., in 1993. As she continued to encourage juniors to play tennis, she created the first JTT league in Ocala, Fla., in 2007-2009. In 2010, Toomy became the Head Tennis Professional at Folkes/Stevens Indoor Tennis Center at Old Dominion University.
“The tremendous progress and growth of junior tennis in Virginia is a testament to Jennifer’s dedication and commitment to kids and tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “We applaud her efforts and are proud to recognize her with this honor.”
In addition to coordinating JTT, Toomy volunteers at local schools teaching tennis to students during physical education classes and after-school programs. She also continues to promote the sport by running many different USTA Play Days throughout the year.
The USTA annually awards the Janet Louer USTA Junior Team Tennis National Organizer of the Year Award to an individual who positively influences children’s lives and substantially impacts their community. The award is named after Janet Louer, who was instrumental in the development of junior tennis during her lifetime. As the administrator for USTA JTT in Georgia, Louer built the state championships into the largest youth team tennis state championships in the nation. Her expertise also was utilized in the development of the Section and National Championships for the program.
USTA Junior Team Tennis emphasizes the benefits of tennis, including teamwork and fitness for players of various ages and skill levels. A competitive, multi-week program, USTA Junior Team Tennis encourages boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, to compete with teams from the same geographic region in five age divisions; 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under and 18 & under.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.
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