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Among best in USTA Southern, S.C. still stands out

Among the best of the best in the USTA Southern Section, USTA South Carolina still gets noticed.

At January's USTA Southern Annual Meeting, five people and organizations from South Carolina received awards from Southern, the largest of the USTA’s 17 sections.

The award winners included a longtime tennis official, a legendary player, two relatively new organizations and a motivated tennis leader.  The people and organizations all had different roles in tennis during 2013, but their missions were the same: grow the game.

Mac MacDougal Tennis Official of the Year: Bob Keivit, Columbia, S.C.

_MMD_Tennis_Official_Bob_KeivitKeivit has been an official in and around Columbia for more than 15 years. He takes pride in keeping order on the court, whether the match is between 10-year-olds or collegiate student-athletes. Keivit has worked junior events in S.C., including the Palmetto Championships in Belton, and collegiate matches, including USC duals.

Learn more about Bob and hear him talk about junior competition changing, how he knows parents are too involved in their child's tennis life and how to mitigate conflict on the court: Conversation with Bob Keivit.

The award is presented annually to a tennis official who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of tennis officiating in the Southern section. Mac MacDougal was an esteemed official in the Southern Section for decades.

Member Organization of the Year: Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center, Cayce, S.C.

cayce2The Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center is only two years old, but the center has already made hosting national championships and winning national awards seem routine.

Since opening in October 2011, the Cayce center has hosted the 2013 Jr. Team Tennis National Championships and been named the 2013 USTA Featured Facility of the Year.

The facility, near the 12th Street Extension and Interstate 77, has 30 courts with lights, including seven for kids 8 and under.

The center also will be up for more national honors this year: the Southern winner is submitted to USTA National for more award considerations.



NJTL Chapter of the Year: St. George Youth Sports League

Since moving to South Carolina in 2005, Barbara Jones also has nearly habitually won statewide and regional awards. This year is already no different. Jones’ organization, the St. George Youth Sports League, won the National Junior Tennis and Learning Chapter of the Year Award from Southern.

She and others attended the meeting to receive the honor.

To learn more about Jones, click here. And click here to read more about the youth sports league.







Slew Hester Adult Achievement Award: Diane Barker, Daniel Island, S.C.

This winning awards thing must really be getting old for Barker.

Barker, of Daniel Island, and Lester Sack, of New Orleans, each received the adult achievement awards from Southern. The award, named after past USTA Southern President William E. "Slew" Hester, is given to a ranked male and female adult or senior player in recognition of their outstanding tennis.

Click here to read more about Barker’s successful career.








_TOC_Leader_Kyle_Ann_ChristianTennis On Campus Leader of the Year: Kyle Ann Christian, Charleston, S.C.

She baked cookies for the club. She organized dinners. Most importantly, Christian helped build a USTA Tennis On Campus program at College of Charleston that more college students wanted to join. Read all about Christian’s efforts here.

USTA Southern Section consists of nine USTA state “districts”: South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

The USTA Southern Section Awards Committee accepts individual award nominations.






maynard_rex_CBMorris_011814Charlie B. Morris Jr. Service Award: Rex Maynard, Belton, S.C.

Maynard has practically made growing tennis a full-time job throughout the years.

In Belton, he annually organizes the Palmetto Championships, South Carolina’s qualifying tournament for the USTA Southern Closed Championships.

He has been president of the USTA South Carolina Board of Directors as well as the USTA Southern board.

Maynard also currently is the chairman of the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA Southern.

Nationally, he has served on committees for more than 20 years, and is currently one of two USTA Southern representatives on the USTA Nominating Committee, which vets candidates for the USTA Board of Directors.

The Charles B. Morris Jr. Service Award goes to the person who best shows exemplary volunteer spirit at the local, state, section and/or national levels.


jeter_helen_13President’s Recognition Award: Helen Jeter, Greer, S.C.

Helen Jeter also has shared her talents with the USTA in many ways over the years.

She has served in more than a dozen USTA volunteer positions, including on the Board of Directors with USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern. She also has served on numerous USTA SC committees. Her work has been awarded many times as well, including when she received the Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year Award in 1999. She also is well known and respected on the national level.