WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 27, 2017 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that the San Antonio Tennis Association (SATA) was recognized with the USTA Organization Member of the Year Award. The award is given annually to an organization that provides outstanding service to its members and to the local community. The San Antonio Tennis Association was honored at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, March 24-27, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Founded in 1946, SATA is a longtime contributor in growing the sport of tennis in the greater San Antonio area and surrounding communities. In 2015, SATA involved more than 13,000 men, women and children in and around San Antonio in the sport. SATA is based at the McFarlin Tennis Center, one of Texas’ premier public tennis facilities, with 22 hard courts.
Along with its own events and programs, SATA supports USTA programs including USTA Leagues, USTA Junior Team Tennis, USTA After-School Programs, National Junior Tennis & Learning Programs (NJTL), USTA Adaptive/Wheelchair Tennis and USTA-sanctioned tournaments. SATA works in cooperation with the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department to host free weekly “Fitness in the Park” clinics and works with various schools, clubs, and other tennis organizations in the city to provide additional outlets for tennis.
SATA recognizes that San Antonio has a very diverse socio-economic makeup, so it works to create accessible programming for people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. Its NJTL program served 5,212 participants in 2015, providing equipment and instruction at little to no cost for participants. SATA also has developed programs for both active and retired military and their families and partners with area schools and Special Olympics to assist with skills days for children will disabilities.
“The San Antonio Tennis Association has strengthened their community by showing tennis is an accessible sport for all, and by delivering remarkable programs,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “They are truly living out their mission of promoting tennis as a lifetime sport for all.”
The USTA Annual Meeting and Conference brings together USTA leadership, national staff, national committee members and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis. Along with leadership and committee meetings, the Annual Meeting provides education opportunities for all attendees to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills and learn new ways to promote the game of tennis.