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Eve Kraft Community Service Award

July 29, 2005 09:01 AM

2005 USTA Eve Kraft Community Service Awards

Eve Kraft (1926-1999) started teaching tennis to children in Princeton, New Jersey, and founded the Princeton Community Tennis Program, which soon blossomed into a national model for community-based tennis programs. In 1971, she founded the USTA Education and Resource Center in Princeton. Under Eve’s direction the USTA Princeton office had grown to a staff of over 30 when, in 1993, the USTA moved its operations to White Plains, New York. Eve worked part-time for three more years and then retired and became a full-time volunteer. In 1972, Eve became co-founder and director of the USA Tennis Teachers Conference, held yearly during the US Open. The USTA Recreational Tennis Leadership Workshop was Eve’s brainchild, arising from the National Junior Tennis League National Convention, to what is now known as the Community Tennis Development Workshop. Eve was a visionary, a pioneer and an inspiration to all who loved the game of tennis. Always approachable, Eve was eager to share her knowledge and support. She served as mentor to many who are active in tennis today.



The United States Tennis Association continues the tradition of honoring persons for outstanding fieldwork in community tennis by presenting its prestigious and annual USTA Eve Kraft Community Service Awards during the 2006 Community Tennis Development Workshop, in Los Angeles, CA, February 3-6, 2006.



The annual USTA Eve Kraft Community Service Awards are given to individuals who have made significant contributions in developing community-based tennis programs through community tennis associations, community centers, schools, and inner city or suburban programs.



All nominees must have at least three (3) consecutive seasons of fieldwork. Candidates must be recommended by at least two (2) people familiar with the candidate’s work. Nominators cannot be members of the candidate’s immediate family. Among the criteria to consider are:



Scope and variety of programs and number of people served



Depth of involvement in community (i.e. impact on community’s overall tennis picture)



New and innovative features resulting from candidates activities



Inspirational and motivational work with adults and/or youth



Involvement of other community service or recreational organizations (i.e. YMCA, Senior Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, etc.)



Affiliation with local USTA Section and/or USTA District



Six winners of the annual USTA Eve Kraft Community Service Awards will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2006 Community Tennis Development Workshop in Los Angeles, CA. This includes a complimentary registration to the Workshop and presentation of the award during the awards banquet. All winners will be notified by telephone or mail at least one month prior to the Workshop.


Nominations must be completed on this form and received by August 15, 2005.


Send to:

United States Tennis Association

Attn: 2005 USTA Eve Kraft Community Service Awards

70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604

Fax: 914-696-7286 or Email: mcmanmon@usta.com



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