WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., September 4, 2012 – The USTA announced today the seven winners of its 31st annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Each facility was honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 2.
The 2012 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
The Courts at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park – McKinney, Texas
Wake Forest Tennis Complex – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Charlotte Country Club – Charlotte, N.C.
Ellis Tennis Center – El Paso, Texas
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort – Tucson, Ariz.
Sea Colony Resort – Bethany Beach, Del.
The Haig Point Club – Daufuskie Island, S.C.
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private or commercially- owned and operated facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Each of the winning facilities were praised for their implementation of USTA programs, including 10 and Under Tennis.
"We are proud to recognize these facilities for their continued devotion to the sport of tennis," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "The facilities have embraced 10 and Under Tennis and other initiatives that help grow the game, exposing thousands of new players to the sport each year."
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 either small 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 2012 Awards 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.