Tennis Central Executive Director, DELAINE MAST Named Recipient ot 2016 USTA Eve F. Craft Community Service Award
Lancaster, Pa., Resident Honored with National Award
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA announced that Delaine Mast of Lancaster, Pa., was selected as the recipient of the 2016 USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award. Mast was honored at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting, Sept. 3-6 in New York City.
Mast has a long history as a volunteer with the USTA, having served on nine national committees or task forces since 1987. She was a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors (2011-2012), where she was Vice Chair of the Strategic and Creative Planning Committee and the board liaison to the Service Council. She served on the Leadership Competencies Task Force and was a member of the Creative Opportunities Task Force. She was the presidential appointee on the Executive Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee where she helped create the “USTA Strategic Directions.”
In 2010, Mast was selected as the Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for Pennsylvania and received the prestigious Mangan Award from USTA Middle States. In addition to her individual accolades, along with her husband, Doug, and sons, Darran and Alex, the Mast’s were recognized with the USTA Family of the Year award.
“For more than 30 years Delaine has been a tireless advocate for the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “Delaine’s passion and commitment to grassroots tennis and to her community on and off the court make her a most deserving winner of this award.”
The USTA awards the Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award to individuals who best exemplify Kraft’s selfless mission to bring the sport of tennis to everyone who wants to play. Kraft was a tennis pioneer whose ability to touch people’s lives exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court. As a teacher, coach, author, USTA staff member and volunteer, Kraft was a lifelong champion of recreational tennis in the U.S. until her death in 1999. She introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.
The USTA Semi-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 USTA Semi-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.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.
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