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Bonnie Sue Duncan is Honored by USTA

January 22, 2007 03:16 PM

The USTA today announced that Bonnie Sue Duncan of Greer, S.C., was selected as a 2006 USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award recipient. Duncan will be honored along with five other recipients at an awards banquet, before more than 600 community tennis leaders at the annual USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop held on February 10, 2007 at the Atlanta Hilton in Atlanta, Ga. The USTA bestows the Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award upon individuals who perpetuate her selfless mission to bring the game of tennis to anyone who wants to play.

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"Eve Kraft was a dedicated community tennis pioneer who was the original architect of how to grow the game at the grassroots level, making tennis accessible for anyone who wants to play," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "It is with great pride that we honor today’s champions who carry on the legacy of Eve with exceptional efforts and success in promoting and developing the growth of tennis."
Duncan’s involvement with the USTA began in 1990 when she brought the USTA Schools Program to her own community of Tuscaloosa, Ala. When she moved to South Carolina, she did not leave tennis behind. In 2001 she founded and organized the Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, a model CTA in South Carolina providing a variety of community tennis programs for youths and adults.
Through the UPTA she reaches out to her community in several different ways, using tennis as the medium. She is the UPTA Executive Director, the Super Senior S.C. State League Coordinator (a program which she developed), and a member of the USTA South Carolina’s Community Development Committee. As a member of Taylor’s-First Baptist Church she introduced tennis programs to the church and its members. She has also created singles leagues for both men and women in her community and surrounding areas.
Duncan was instrumental in securing a State League Championship bid from the Greenville Visitors Bureau for 2006. This was the first time in several years that a championship was played in the upstate area rather than the coast.

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Members of the USTA SC staff had nothing but positive comments about Duncan. "Bonnie Sue has provided opportunity for lots of people, men and women, alike to experience the game for a life time, tennis. She has given of herself to others so that they can experience the game that she loves so much" said Mary Goins the State League Coordinator for South Carolina. The Executive Director of USTA SC, John Sheffield was equally effusive in his praise, "Bonnie Sue Duncan is a tireless volunteer for tennis wherever she lives. It’s been an inspiration to work with her as a staff member with both the Southern and the South Carolina associations of USTA. She is a shining example of the fact that Eve Kraft’s entrepreneurial tennis spirit lives on in many other great individuals." USTA SC is excited to join the national office in congratulating Bonnie Sue Duncan on her accomplishments and we look forward to working with her in the years to come.

Bonnie Sue also had a feature story in the Greenville News.