USTA honors 12 outstanding facilities
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The USTA today announced 12 winners of its 33rd annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Each facility will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30.
The 2014 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
- Claybell Park - Richland, Wash.
- Wexford Plantation - Hilton Head, S.C.
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
- Athens-Clarke Tennis Center - Athens, Ga.
- Montgomery TennisPlex - Boyds, Md.
- Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
- Samuell Grand Tennis Center - Dallas
- Culver Academies Indoor Tennis Facility - Culver, Ind.
- Army Navy Country Club - Arlington, Va. (Green Facility)
- Broken Sound Club - Boca Raton, Fla.
- Indian Wells Tennis Center - Indian Wells, Calif. (Featured Facility)
- LifeTime Tennis Lakeville - Lakeville, Minn.
- The Salvation Army - Greenville, S.C.
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or private or commercially owned-and-operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
“These facilities embraced many of our initiatives, including youth tennis utilizing 36- and 60-foot courts, introducing thousands of new players to the sport each year,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “It is outstanding tennis facilities like these that help us grow the game at the grass-roots level, and for that reason and so much more, we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact and contributions to the sport of tennis.”
Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are eithersmall tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.
All 2014 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools and those professionals responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.
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