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Annual Award Renamed To Honor Longtime USTA Volunteer

September 30, 2014 02:07 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – USTA South Carolina has honored one of its longtime volunteers by naming an annual award after her.

Jeter_Helen_AwardUSTA South Carolina’s former “League Volunteer of the Year Award” is now known as the “Helen Jeter League Volunteer of the Year Award.” The USTA SC Board of Directors unanimously approved the change on Sept. 21.

Jeter, of Greer, S.C., has participated and volunteered with the USTA all over the state and the South for the past 30 years. Her experiences have ranged from playing tennis as a regular league player to serving as the vice president of the USTA Southern Section Board of Directors.

“Helen Jeter has served as a tireless advocate for the league programs and as a leader, chairing many committees and serving as President of USTA South Carolina,” said Cam Littlejohn, president of the USTA SC Board of Directors. “It would be hard, if not impossible, to find anyone who has dedicated themselves to growing tennis more than Helen Jeter. Her contributions to the game of tennis and league play are recognized by the USTA South Carolina in the naming of this award in her honor.”

Jeter was born in Charleston but started her tennis career as a league player and team captain in the Atlanta area. She also volunteered as a team mom for junior teams and coordinated a boys tennis division and a women’s tennis division.

In 1986, she moved to the Greenville area, where she continued to volunteer. She became a board member of the Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, a Greenville USTA Community Tennis Association, and later served as UPTA’s local league coordinator.

In 1990, Jeter became the state league coordinator for the USTA South Carolina office. She remained in that role for 18 months.

She then continued to grow tennis and help the USTA through her work on various committees and boards. For more than 15 years, Jeter served on the USTA SC Board of Directors, including a two-year term as president. From 2004 through 2007, she was vice president of the USTA Southern Section Board of Directors.

In 2009, Jeter received the Jacobs Bowl Award, which is annually presented to a volunteer who has shown outstanding service to the USTA Southern Section.

She also is a member of the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and has received numerous other local, regional and national awards.

This is the eighth USTA SC annual award that has been named after an individual.

The “Helen Jeter League Volunteer of the Year Award” will be handed out for the first time Dec. 6 at the USTA SC Annual Meeting on Isle of Palms. For more information, go to