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South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Welcomes Two New Inductees

September 21, 2017 09:24 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 - USTA South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation are proud to announce that Domino Boulware of Columbia and Steve Zalinski of Greenville and Daniel Island will be the 2017 inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

Boulware has spent over 30 years working to grow the game of tennis and pave a path of opportunity for young people in the community by coaching tennis to people of all ages and economic circumstances.

Zalinski, a dedicated advocate of the 10 and Under tennis program, has volunteered countless hours at tournaments, schools and park functions to grow tennis through education and marketing.

“It is appropriate that Domino and Steve will be inducted in the same year,” said Graham Cox, Executive Director of USTA South Carolina. “Each has made a noble and noteworthy contribution to tennis in South Carolina. While their achievements have grown over the years, their success has always been rooted in their humble demeanor, desire to share the sport and heartfelt care for their players.”

Their achievements will be formally celebrated at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame banquet on December 9 at the Omni Hilton Head Resort on Hilton Head Island. The induction ceremony, held in conjunction with the USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting, is sponsored by the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA South Carolina which operates the S.C. Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton.

DOMINO BOULWARE

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Domino Boulware is a tennis professional and coach in Columbia, South Carolina. Along with serving as a tennis professional at Greenview Community Park for over 30 years, he has coached at various schools throughout the midlands. Boulware has encouraged many youth and adults to participate in USTA programs such as Junior Team Tennis, Adult Leagues and Tennis Apprentice. He credits the training he received from the ACE Professional Tennis Registry and USTA for many of his accomplishments in the tennis community.

Boulware was instrumental in developing the tennis program at Greenview Community Park. He founded the Bolden/Martin Math and Science Camp (which has run for over 10 years). During the camp, students gather around the net to listen to distinguished speakers before and after rigorous tennis drills. He encourages kids to grow academically, professionally and to serve the community.

After becoming certified with the Professional Tennis Registry in 1995, Boulware realized the need for a formal organization to help grass roots children become involved in the tennis world. This led him to establish the DD&J Junior Tennis Foundation whose primary objectives are to teach young people of all ages and economic circumstances the skill of tennis competition, and to use the power of the game to build character, support educational achievement and to reduce juvenile problems that lead to delinquency, teen pregnancy and other social ills. DD&J, which received the USTA SC Community Service Award in 1998, also provides tennis scholarships to children who cannot otherwise afford to pay the season’s fees.

Boulware has worked with school district administrators and athletic directors to develop partnerships to empower their teachers to learn the sport of tennis, so that the game can be enjoyed and shared with their students. He has also served as head of the Mayor’s Skills and Drills Tennis Program for the City of Columbia. Boulware has embedded himself in the tennis community of South Carolina, and has served as a mentor, coach and inspiration to many. His dedication to the sport has manifested itself in many ways, including facilitating college scholarships for kids, coaching ranked players, mentoring underprivileged children and instilling a lifelong love of the sport.

STEVE ZALINSKI

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Steve Zalinski, a native of Chicago, received a scholarship to play tennis for DePaul University where he became a top ranked player and was inducted into the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding play, sportsmanship and leadership. Zalinksi was the number 1 ranked player in Chicago several times during the 1960s and 1970s, and was the 1981 USTA National Parks singles and doubles champion. He served as the Head Tennis Professional at the Lake Forest Club in Chicago, where he met his wife, Kathy. He also served as the Manager and Director of the MidTown Tennis Club which is the world’s largest indoor tennis club with 18 indoor tennis courts.

Zalinski and his family moved to South Carolina in 1992, when he became the Vice President of Sales for Dunlop, a position he held for 18 years. After retiring from that position in 2007, Zalinksi joined the USTA Southern Section staff as the tennis service representative for South Carolina. After moving from Chicago, it didn’t take long for Zalinksi to shape a name for himself in the tennis community in South Carolina. He worked with the Palmetto Championships in Belton to develop the Dunlop Scholarship which recognizes an incoming college freshman who has participated in junior tennis in South Carolina. In 1996, the Zalinski’s received the USTA SC Tennis Family of the Year Award. He has served on the board of the Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association and the Lowcountry Tennis Association. He frequently volunteers his time with Family Circle Cup, which is now the Volvo Car Open. After retiring from Dunlop in 2007, Zalinksi joined the USTA Southern Section staff as the Tennis Service Representative for South Carolina, a position he held for 10 years before retiring earlier this year. As a Tennis Service Representative, he worked tirelessly to promote Tennis in Schools, 10 and Under events and Special Populations Adaptive tennis. He frequently spoke to the parents of junior players on various topics including the importance of good sportsmanship and having fun while playing.

Steve Zalinksi knows many people in the tennis world and treats everyone equally whether they are the USTA President or a parent of a 10 & Under player. He was voted the Nicest Male in the Tennis Industry by Tennis Week Magazine in 1999 and received the 2011 USTA Southern Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award. He received a Special Recognition Award from USTA SC in 2016, an award that recognizes an individual or group that has made an exceptional contribution to the sport of tennis in South Carolina.

Zalinksi has coached many juniors, including his three daughters. Kelly, Courtney and Shannon played the USTA Jr tournament circuit and earned tennis scholarships to Notre Dame, University of North Carolina and Western Carolina. Over the years they received multiple awards for their skills as well as their sportsmanship. Steve comes from a tennis family. Both of his parents were ranked #1 during the 1930s and he learned the value of sportsmanship from his mother. His rule is that regardless of what happens during a match, you always look your opponent in the eye when you shake their hand. Zalinksi has become much like a dad to many of his players and he truly believes tennis is the greatest sport on earth, and wants everyone to learn how to play.

For more information about the Hall of Fame ceremony, visit sctennis.com/annualmeeting.

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USTA South Carolina is the state branch of the United States Tennis Association and is one of nine states that comprise the USTA Southern Section. A not-for-profit organization with more than 22,000 members, USTA South Carolina offers a variety of tennis programs and services for all ages and abilities to “promote and develop the growth of tennis” across South Carolina. For more information, go to sctennis.com, visit our Facebook page, facebook.com/sctennis, follow us on Twitter, @ustasc, or follow us on Instagram, ustasouthcarolina.

 

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