Delaine Mast Award

Billie Jean King and WTT Rec League National Director Delaine Mast present Virginia Tennis Association Executive Director Donny Weed with the 2016 Delaine Mast Award in Indian Wells, Calif.

Seventeen years ago, Billie Jean King and Mylan World TeamTennis established the "Delaine Mast Award" for Community Tennis Associations that are run by volunteer boards of men and women. These associations contribute to the growth of tennis and Mylan WTT and taking a leading role in their local tennis community. As a Mylan WTT National Program Coordinator and inner city high school boys' and girls' tennis coach since 1986, Mast has become a household name within the tennis community and embodies the slogan "growing the game of tennis". Delaine is the founder and executive director for the Junior Tennis Corporation of America, which is a non-profit organization that raises money to provide free tennis lessons to more than 10,000 youth in 14 cities across the U.S. 


As a result of her love of the game and heavy involvement in different organizations, Mast was elected in 1998 to a two year term as President of USTA Middle States, then served as a Delegate and was later appointed the USTA National Chair of the USA Tennis 1-2-3 Committee. In 2010, she was elected to the USTA Board of Directors and was the Vice Chair of the Strategic Planning and Creative Opportunities Committee. As an active member of the PTR and USPTA National Tennis Teachers Organizations, Mast has also received the PTR Pennsylvania Pro of the Year Award; the Norman Bromall Service Award; and her family was recognized as the 2004 USTA Family of the Year Award and the 2003 Middle States Family of the Year Award. Delaine will be inducted into the USTA Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame this Fall. For more information or nominations, call 866-PLAY-WTT.

Nominations for the "Delaine Mast Awards" are based on the following criteria:

·        Current Mylan World TeamTennis League Director (league start date: August 2000 - present)

·         Overall contribution to the growth of tennis

·         Contribution to the growth of Mylan World TeamTennis (local promotions and exposure of Mylan WTT)

·          Leader and role model in local tennis community





Virginia Tennis


Virginia Tennis is the 2016 recipient of the Delaine Mast Award. Mast, along with Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King, presented the award to Virginia Tennis executive director Donny Weed at the Mylan WTT Nationals in Indian Wells, Calif.


Since 1968, Virginia Tennis has supported community tennis associations, parks and recreation and school programs throughout Virginia, as well as grassroots programs. Virginia has a long history of managing nationally-acclaimed events and programs, including the Asian Festival, Military Tennis programming (which includes Wounded Warriors and Operation WOW), Adaptive Tennis and the first wheelchair tennis circuit in the nation. 


Virginia Tennis has also hosted WTT recreational leagues and WTT national qualifying events. The association also supports the Washington Kastles with the Kastles Jr. Series and will also be introducing a Summer Camp Kastles Series in 2017.


Its purposes are to develop, promote and administer the game of tennis within Virginia in the interest of healthful recreation and physical fitness; to establish and maintain rules of play and standards of amateurism and good sportsmanship; to encourage and conduct tennis tournaments and competitions through diversity and inclusion; to generally encourage through tennis the development of health, character, and responsible citizenship.


Congratulations to the Virginia Tennis Board of Directors and staff!

VTA Board:

Tom Hood - President

Janine Underwood - Vice President

Fran Inge - Treasurer

Jake Wilson - Secretary

Wayne McCoy - Immediate Past President

Matt Foote - General Counsel


VTA Staff:

Donny Weed - Executive Director

Catherine DeSouza - Marketing and Promotions Coordinator

Marci Foote - Office Manager/Bookkeeper



Delaine Mast Award Winners Through the Years





Lisa Cunningham

Charlotte, N.C.

Larry Lindsey

Wilmington, Del.


Pat Purcell

St. Louis, Mo.

Dick Roux

Bel Air, Md.


Kalissa Kauffman

Lawrence, Kan.

Mike Silverman

New York City, N.Y.


Carol Jory

San Diego, Calif.

Mark Platt

St. Louis, Mo.


Elaine Wingfield

Key Biscayne, Fla.

Scott Hanover

Kansas City, Mo.


Kathy Risacher

Indianapolis, Ind.

Jeff Richards

Thousand Lakes, Calif.


Ronita Elder

Los Angeles, Calif.

Rich Gottfried

Rockville, Md.


Bob Williams

Minneapolis, Minn.

Sue Wold

Schenectady, N.Y.


Ann Bent

Broward County, Fla.

Orly Mayron

Broward County, Fla.


Christy Funk

Reno, Nev.

Martin Brody

Tulsa, Okla.


Joanne Cusolito

Woburn, Mass.

Bob Cusolito

Woburn, Mass.


Taya Diana &

Alison Moran

Wilmington, Del.

Steve Riggs

Irvine, Calif.


Claudette Sealy

Virginia Beach, Va.

David Bell

Raleigh, N.C.


Maggie Smethers

Lancaster, Pa.

Mel Navea

Lancaster, Pa.


Jenny Irwin

Albany, N.Y.


Laura Weygandt

Cary, N.C.


Virginia Tennis


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