On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, the West Texas Tennis Association officially presented the WTTA President’s Award to Michael (Mike) Doty, USPTA and Director of Tennis for Midland Country Club.
Receiving the President’s Award is the highest honor given by the WTTA. This special award honors a local, West Texas individual who excels in working to support and grow the game of tennis in the Permian Basin.
“Mike has worked extremely hard to build tennis for athletes, of all ages, throughout the West Texas area. In addition to rebuilding the entire tennis structure of a local facility over the last few years, this past year, he brought the USPTA Junior Circuit to West Texas, which introduced tennis to nearly 100 junior athletes,” Heidi Winkler, WTTA president, said.
The USPTA Junior Circuit is a series of tournaments designed to make competitive play accessible to the West Texas area juniors. These one-day tournaments are created to introduce less experienced junior players to competition and allow them to prepare for higher-level tournament play (USTA, junior high school and high school tennis). The tournaments are hosted by area club professionals in an effort to develop junior tennis in our area.
The USPTA Junior Circuit builds a positive tennis experience and enthusiasm for our sport of tennis. Tournament site areas included Midland Country Club, Bush Tennis Center, Odessa Country Club and Racquet Club.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, the West Texas Tennis Association officially presented the WTTA President’s Award to Amanda Friday - local tennis advocate, nonprofit volunteer and coach for Midland Christian School. The ceremony took place at Midland Country Club during the SWOTT (Southwest Oilman’s Tennis Tournament) meeting.
Receiving the President’s Award is the highest honor given by the WTTA. This special award honors a local, West Texas individual who excels in working to support and grow the game of tennis for our area.
Friday currently serves as the assistant coach for Midland Christian School. Prior to coaching, she served as the USTA (United States Tennis Association) representative for the west Texas area, covering matches, tournaments, seminars and much more across the west Texas area. Friday currently serves on the WTTA board as the league coordinator.
“Amanda has done countless activities to support the game of tennis throughout her years with USTA and now as a local coach. She is truly a star both on and off the tennis court and has set the standard for volunteerism. It is an absolute honor to have her here, continuously supporting the WTTA and tennis throughout the Permian Basin area,” said Heidi Winkler, WTTA president.
The WTTA officially presented the President’s Award to Laura Moss, tennis advocate and nonprofit volunteer, at Mulberry Café on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.
Receiving the President’s Award is the highest honor given by the West Texas Tennis Association. This special award honors excellence to a local, West Texas individual working to support growing the game of tennis, as well as giving back to the community.
Moss has been active in numerous West Texas events, including tennis, for many years. Along with the Midland Women's Tennis Association, she recently served on the WTTA Board of Directors and helped tlaunch the new WTTA website.
“Laura is a star both on and off the tennis court and has set the standard for volunteerism. She helped identify the missing key component to launching our new website late last year. It is an honor to present this special award to her,” said Heidi Winkler, WTTA president. “Thank you, Laura, for being a true West Texas hero.”
Adam Lucio has been active in numerous West Texas events and sports, including tennis, his entire life.
As a child, Adam was involved in a car accident, introducing him to paraplegia. Fortunately, Adam has never let disabilities stop him.
Adam competes regularly in numerous athletic events, is the Tennis Coordinator at Odessa College, instructor at UTPB STEM Academy, After School Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Odessa, works at Texas Shooting Sports and Indoor Gun Range and recently created a 501(c)3 non-profit group, Adapt and Achieve, inspiring others to overcome any challenges or obstacles they may face in front of them.
The West Texas Tennis Association hosted its very first tennis tournament earlier this year. Adam was the very first player to register for the tournament, much less for two matches - both doubles and mixed doubles.
We're very fortunate to have Adam on the West Texas Tennis Association Board and look forward to many more years of his volunteerism. Congratulations on receiving the very first West Texas Tennis Association President's Award, Adam!
Adam Lucio was the very first recipient to receive the President's Award. This distinguished honor recognizes individuals in our tennis community who go above and beyond for the great game we all LOVE.
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