First Annual Montana Awards

June 19, 2019

MISSOULA, MT– USTA Montana (Montana Tennis Association) is pleased to announce its 2019 Awards recipients for their dedication and commitment to growing the sport of tennis in their local communities. For the first time ever, winners will be honored at the First Annual Awards and League Player Party on Saturday, June 22 in Missoula, MT.

“We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and grateful for the work they do. To be selected from a pool of such worthy nominees is an honor, and we look forward to recognizing all they’ve done to grow and develop tennis.  They truly exemplify what makes Montana tennis so unique and successful,” said USTA Montana Executive Director, Lauren Olson.

The dinner will take place during the League Tournament Player Party on Saturday, June 22 at 5pm at the Peak Racquet Club in Missoula.

The 2019 Award winners are listed below:

Organization of the Year: Billings Tennis Association, Billings

Volunteer of the Year: Steve Schwartz, Missoula

M.C. Beeby Lifetime Achievement: Eileen Pinkerton, Billings

Developmental Coach: Jan Steenekamp, Missoula

Senior Player: Len Wheeler, Helena

School Coach: Jim Gregg, Cut Bank

League Captain: Gordon Terpe, Missoula

League Captain: Debbie Oliver, Billings

 

 

Award Categories:

Service Awards:

M.C. Beeby Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is given from time to time for extraordinary lifetime service to tennis within the Montana District.

Volunteer of the Year Award: This award is given annually to an individual 18 & over who has contributed to the growth of tennis by demonstrating a passion for giving back to their tennis community through starting a new program and/or helping existing programs thrive.

Organization of the Year Award: This award is given annually to a USTA Organizational Member, including but not limited to CTAs, Parks & Rec Districts, schools, clubs, etc., that stands out in the community as a leader by supporting tennis programs.

Family of the Year Award: Recognizes a family’s significant contribution or accomplishments in tennis. Ideally, all members of the family represent the development & promotion of tennis on & off the court.

Sportsmanship Awards

Junior Girl and Junior Boy of the Year Award: This award is given annually to an individual 18 & under who exemplifies the spirit of tennis through their activities on and off the court. A spotless record of sportsmanship & accomplishments in the classroom are critical as well.

USTA League Captain Award: The recipient exemplifies outstanding leadership through his/her contributions as the captain of a league team & should have good communication skills, be knowledgeable of league rules, be respectful of others & promote fair play.

School Coach Award: Presented to a HS or MS coach who demonstrates achievement, enthusiasm, team camaraderie, a “Grow The Game” mindset & a community service orientation. Participation in the No Cut Coach program is a plus.

On-Court Achievements Awards

Developmental Coach of the Year Award: This award is given to recognize the outstanding efforts of a developmental coach in the USTA Montana District. This coach is being honored for his or her endless dedication to developing junior tennis players at all levels through teaching, presence at tournaments and events, and positive role modeling, on and off the court.

Teaching Professional Award: Honors an active instructor who demonstrates a significant contribution to tennis through promotion of USTA programs, community service & support of the USTA mission.

Adult Player of the Year: Recognition of an Adult player who participates in USTA Leagues or tournaments on a regular basis. Recipient demonstrates good sportsmanship, a love of the game, avid promotion of tennis & serves as a good example for all.

Senior Player of the Year: Recognition of a senior player who participates in USTA Leagues or tournaments on a regular basis. Recipient demonstrates good sportsmanship, a love of the game, avid promotion of tennis & serves as a good example for all.