WSO Community Hero: Joel Zendel of the YMCA

August 17, 2015 05:30 PM


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University, which will be held August 22-29 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field, is pleased to announce a new program at the 2015 tournament – the Community Hero Award. 

In conjunction with Lowes Foods, the Winston-Salem Open will recognize five local community members for their outstanding service to Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas.  The organization being represented by each award recipient will receive $1,000 for the services and programs that it offers.

The first Community Hero Award winner for the 2015 tournament is Joel Zendel of the YMCA.

Since 2007, Zendel has served as a sports director at the William G. White Jr., Family YMCA.  As a sports director, he coordinates and oversees more than 2,700 youth sports participants who play soccer, lacrosse, basketball, flag football, baseball and volleyball through the YMCA annually.  Zendel also oversees the Adventure Guides program, which focuses on father/child activities and outings.

A native of Potomac, Maryland, Zendel graduated from University of Maryland in 2005 and then went on to receive his Masters in Education in Sport Management from the University of Texas in Austin. 

“For the YMCA, $1000 will mean that even more people will have access to the programs of our organization that help people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body,” Zendel said.  “We serve our mission by meeting the needs of our community through children’s summer learning loss academies, Livestrong programs to cancer survivors, and a huge focus on creating healthy eating habits and activities at schools through our annual Mistletoe Race.  The money will allow us to serve more individuals in our community who otherwise might not have the ability to pay for our services.”

The Winston-Salem Open will be held August 22-29 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field. Box seats and individual tickets to the Winston-Salem Open are available online at, by calling (336) 758-6409 or in person at the Wake Forest ticket office located at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field. Tickets to the tournament are on sale now, beginning at just $5 and ranging up to $69 for the championship on August 29.

The Winston-Salem Open is offering discounts for groups of 10 or more, and tickets to qualifying on August 22 begin at only $5.  There will be no additional fees to the ticket price and parking will be free again this year.

About the Winston-Salem Open

The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of more than $695,000, will take place from August 22-29, 2015, with qualifying set for August 22. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and is the week prior to the US Open.  For more information on the 2015 Winston-Salem Open, please go to

About the Emirates Airline US Open Series

Now in its 12th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In 2014, Serena Williams won the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s title for the second consecutive year, earning a record tennis paycheck of $4 million. Rafael Nadal (2013), Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.

About The ATP

The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2014 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2015 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit

About Lowes Foods, LLC

Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs nearly 9,000 people and almost 100 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table, by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong focus on exceptional attention to our guests, with services like Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts. To learn more, visit or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.

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