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USTA Tennis and Education Foundation Appoints Five New Members to It's Board

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 2, 2008 — The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA, announced today the appointment of five new Directors-at-Large to its board including: Lucy S. Garvin of Greenville, SC; Jonathan Vegosen of Chicago, IL; Carol Kimmelman of Bernardsville,NJ and Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Terry L. March of Water Mill, NY; and Paul Palandjian of Boston, MA.

“We are grateful to these giving individuals who continually volunteer their time to help support our mission” said Karen Martin-Eliezer, Executive Director, USTA Tennis & Education Foundation. “Their expertise and commitment will help support the organization’s goal to reach as many at risk and special need youngsters as possible through tennis and education, in an effort to promote fitness, health, citizenship, leadership and self-esteem.”

Lucy S. Garvin (below)
Ms. Garvin, who began serving as First Vice President of the USTA in January 2007 has been a member of the USTA Board of Directors for the past seven years. Previously she served two consecutive terms as Vice President following one term as Director at Large. A member of the Compensation and International committees, she represents the USTA on the Grand Slam Committee, the ITF Junior Competitions Committee and is on the Board of the National Public Parks Tennis Association. Ms. Garvin previously served as the Board Liaison to the USTA sections, to the Tennis in Public Parks Task Force and to the Administration Division. She has been a member of the board’s Strategic Planning and Compensation committees, the Budget Committee and the Diversity Guide Team. She also served as Council Co-Chair of the Community Development Division and chaired the USTA Section Presidents and Adult/Senior Recreation committees. A former President of the USTA Southern Section, she was inducted into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2005. In 1996, the South Carolina Tennis Association established the Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year Award in her honor. Ms. Garvin has a degree in Nursing but made a major career change in 1975, when she began working within the tennis industry, first at a facility in Greenville, SC, for more than 12 years, then as a consultant in the management and marketing of tennis facilities throughout the south. She and her husband, Bob, also an avid tennis player, reside in Greer, SC and have two children, both of whom were ranked junior and collegiate players.

Jonathan Vegosen (below)
Mr. Vegosen is a founding member of the law firm, Funkhouser Vegosen Liebman and Dunn Ltd. and currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the USTA Board of Directors. Mr. Vegosen serves as Board Liaison to the Player Development Council and as a member of the Budget Committee. He was most recently Chair of the USTA Collegiate Committee, as well as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the USTA Midwest Section and Vice President of the USTA Midwest Section’s Youth Tennis and Education Foundation. Mr. Vegosen is a Past President of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA), where he served on the Board of Directors for 11 years, was Chairman of the Junior Development Committee and authored the Parent Guide for Competitive Junior Tennis. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Vegosen was captain of the tennis team at Northwestern University and was selected All-Big Ten. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in political science, he attended the Northwestern University School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude. The Vegosen family, including his wife and two sons, live in Chicago, and was honored as the USTA Ralph W. Westcott Family of the Year in 2004.

Carol Kimmelman
Ms. Kimmelman has been actively involved in mentoring and teaching children both in the classroom and on the tennis courts throughout her educational and professional career. She is currently a volunteer tennis coach at the Far Hills Country Day School and during the summer, teaches children’s tennis clinics at the San Diego Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, CA. Ms. Kimmelman also has tutored elementary school children in Newark, NJ. She lives with her husband Doug and their four children in Bernardsville, NJ, during the school year, and Rancho Santa Fe, CA, during the summer.

Terry L, March
The Chief Executive Officer of Midwood Securities, Inc., Mr. March has been a securities industry professional for more than 30 years. He is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange and of the New York area firms’ advisory committee to the NYSE Board of Directors. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Susquehanna University, his alma mater, as well as chair of the executive committee, and is a trustee of Liberty Leads, a Bank Street College of Education Division that provides leadership and college prep training for underprivileged New York City high school students. Mr. March is an equity owner of The Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, CA, and lives in Water Mill, NY.

Paul Palandjian
Mr. Palandjian is the Founder and Managing Director of Somerset Equity Advisors, LLC, an investment management and advisory firm. He is an active member on a number of corporate, healthcare, and not-for-profit boards including the Denis Leary Firefighters Foundation, Mount Auburn Hospital and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 2004, Mr. Palandjian was awarded the Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40 Award” in recognition of the area’s top young business executives. A former captain of the Harvard College tennis team and world-ranked tennis player on the ATP Tour, he is a founding member of Bosse Tennis & Fitness and the Great Harbor Yacht Club, both in Massachusetts. He earned his BA from Harvard College and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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About the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation
Established in 1994, the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation promotes – through tennis – educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement to at-risk and other special needs youth. The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth. It also supports community tennis programs that link tennis with education to provide positive role models, academic assistance, and life skills for the prevention of substance abuse, violence and school-dropouts.

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. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 720,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.


 

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