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Facility Award Winner 2018 - Monday, July 30, 2018
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 23, 2018 – The USTA today announced that the Paula G. Manship YMCA-Lamar

Tennis Center in Baton Rouge, La., is one of 24 winners in the 37th annual USTA Facility Awards
program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities
throughout the country. The YMCA-Lamar Tennis Center will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual
Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30.

The  Paula  G.  Manship  YMCA  in  Baton  Rouge,  La.,  features  the  Lamar  Tennis  Center.  The
center offers 20 outdoor courts, 10 hard courts and 10 clay courts. The tennis program offers
programs for special needs children and for wheelchair athletes. Junior academies and youth and
adult leagues are available as well. The facility hosted 10 tournaments in 2017, with 3,680 players
  participating.   The   facility   also   hosts   the   Cajun   Classic   Professional  Wheelchair
Tournament, a premier ITF wheelchair tennis event.

"Great  tennis  facilities  like  the  YMCA-Lamar  Tennis  Center  help  us  to  grow  the  game 
at  the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport
of tennis,”  said  Kurt  Kamperman,  Chief  Executive,  USTA  National  Campus.  "The  YMCA-Lamar
Tennis Center has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of
its community each year.”

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation
department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially
owned  and  operated facility that  offers both USTA  and public  programming  designed to  help
grow tennis.

Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence
of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and
press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such
as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation
in USTA programs.

Nominated  facilities  were  voted  on  in  the  following  categories:  Public  Courts  that  are 
either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; and
Private Facilities that support the USTA and other "growth of the game” programs open to the

All  2018  award  winners  will  receive  a  wall  plaque  and  an  all-weather  sign,  which  can 
be mounted  at  the facility.  In  addition,  each  awardee  will  receive  a  one  night  stay  at
 the  Grand Hyatt New York and two US Open Grounds passes.
The 2018 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Club de Tenis de Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness, & Gymnastics Center, Oak Lawn, Ill.
Fort Boise Tennis Courts, Boise, Idaho
Kings County Tennis League – Sumner Tennis Club, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts) Southeast Tennis & Learning Center,
Washington, D.C. McFarlin Tennis Center, San Antonio
Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility, West Windsor, N.J. John Mott Tennis Center, Utica,
Jekyll Island Tennis Center, Jekyll Island, Ga.
Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park, Tulsa, Okla. (Featured Facility) Palmetto Tennis Center,
Sumter, S.C.
A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka, Ill.
Private Facilities
YMCA Lamar Tennis Center, Baton Rouge, La. Twos Athletic Club, Toledo, Ohio
Long Reach Tennis Club, Columbia, Md. Aspen Racquet Club, Wooster, Ohio
James Creek Tennis Center, Cumming, Ga. Five Star Tennis Center, Plainfield, Ill.
Greene Ridge Racquet Club, Snow Hill, N.C. Chelsea Piers Connecticut, Stamford, Conn. Eagle Tennis
Club, Eagle, Idaho
White Bear Lake - Life Time, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Southern Oaks Golf & Tennis Club, Burleson, Texas Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton, Fla.

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The  USTA is  the  national  governing  body  for  the  sport  of  tennis  in  the  U.S.  and  the 
leader  in  promoting  and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities
to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000
members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one
of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series,
linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns
approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup,
Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation,
provides grants and scholarships in addition  to  supporting  tennis  and  education  programs 
nationwide  to  benefit  under-resourced  youth  through  the National Junior Tennis & Learning
(NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to or follow the official accounts
on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

For more information contact:
Tom LaDue, Manager, USTA Corporate Communications, (914) 697-2352,
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