» News

Middle States Honors AMD Players and Volunteers March 1

February 28, 2009 05:42 AM

A number of AMD volunteers and junior players will be honored at the USTA Middle States Awards Ceremony March 1 at the historic Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia. Distinguished volunteers are:
• Jose Mieres, a native of Puerto Rico who came to Pittsburgh in 1997 not having being involved before in organized tennis. In the past decade he has been a graduate student and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and has co-founded the Frick Park Clay Court Tennis Club. Raising funds from local players, donors, and businesses, and working with a team of enthusiastic volunteers, the new club has restored and revitalized six historic clay courts in Frick Park, the only remaining public clay courts in the city,  and organized tournaments, free clinics and leagues for players of all ages.
• Pittsburgh Tennis League -- This self-governing volunteer group not only has operated competitive tennis leagues for all ability levels for more than 50 years but also has worked with the USTA to promote grassroots tennis, wheelchair tennis, special needs events and has set up a scholarship fund for junior players.
Junior players who will be honored are:
• Kylie Isaacs, Franklin Park– Ranked No. 1 in Girls’ 12 in Middle States for 2008.
• Kelly Whelan, Franklin Park– Girls’ 18 Most Improved
• Jonathan Perkins, Cranberry  – Boys’ 12 Sportsmanship Award
• Jonathan Ho, Franklin Park – Boys’ 18 Sportsmanship Award