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Two South Carolina Residents Receive National Tennis Awards

 Lucy Garvin and Butch Staples have been recognized by the USTA for their outstanding contributions to tennis.  Garvin, a Greenville resident, will receive the Samuel Hardy Award which recognizes a USTA volunteer for their long and outstanding service to the sport of tennis.  Staples, of Bluffton, will be recognized with a Tennis Educational Merit Award, which is given to individuals who have made notable contributions in the tennis educational field at the national level and have demonstrated leadership and creative skills. 

The International Tennis Hall of Fame annually presents the Samuel Hardy Award to a USTA volunteer in recognition of long and outstanding service to the sport of tennis.  The recipient must exemplify those qualities of personal unselfishness and devotion to the game which have been an inspiration to others.  The award is presented at the USTA Annual Meeting every spring.  The honorees are selected by a committee appointed by the chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  The award was first presented in 1953 to Dr. Allen B. Stowe of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This year’s Samuel Hardy Award recipient, Lucy Garvin, is a former USTA President, former President of the USTA Southern Section, and a former President of USTA South Carolina.  Past President Garvin is Chairwoman of the USTA's Major Construction Oversight Committee and a member of the International Tennis Federation Committee  She also represents the USTA on the ITF's Grand Slam and Junior Competition Committees. In addition, she is on the Board of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation, as well as the National Public Parks Association.

Garvin has enjoyed a decorated career in tennis. In addition to the leadership positions mentioned above, she was inducted into the USTA Southern Tennis Hall of Fame in January 2005. She also received the USTA Southern Section’s Jacobs Bowl Award in 1999 and the South Carolina President’s Award in 1998. In 1996, the South Carolina Tennis Association established the Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year Award in her honor, and she was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame annually presents the Tennis Educational Merit Awards for Men and Women to individuals who are citizens or residents of the United States.  The awards are presented to a man or woman who have made notable contributions in the tennis educational field at the national level and have demonstrated leadership and creative skills in such areas as instruction, writing, organization, and promotion of the game of tennis.  The awards are presented at the USTA Annual Meeting.  The selection of recipients is made by a committee appointed by the chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

As one of this year’s Tennis Educational Merit Award recipients, Butch Staples is one of the top 10 and Under trainers in the United States.  He is a PTR Master Professional and Charter member.  Staples has been named PTR State Member of the Year for Illinois in 2008, PTR Tester of the Year in 2009, and Clinician of the Year in 2010. In January 2011, Racquet Sports Industry Magazine named Staples one of two Junior Tennis Champions of the Year, and he was the first ever USTA RCW Trainer of the Year. 

In addition to his awards, Staples is a USTA National Trainer for QuickStart and USTA Schools Workshops, and serves on the Cardio Tennis Speakers Team. He organized the largest Cardio Tennis event ever with 186 beginners and novice players on 18 courts. An early proponent of 10 and Under Tennis, Staples organized demonstrations at the 2009 Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, between the quarter finals matches at Cincinnati, and Arthur Ashe Kids Day. 

Staples has been a presenter at the PTR International Tennis Symposium and USTA Tennis Teachers Conference. He has been teaching tennis since 1974, and holds a Masters degree in Physical Education.

 

 

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