|2012 Delaine Mast Award |
Claudette Sealy, of Virginia Beach, Va., accepts her award from Delaine Mast at the Mylan WTT Rec Nationals in Indian Wells, Calif., accompanied by WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.
Fifteen years ago, Billie Jean King and Mylan World TeamTennis established the "Delaine Mast Award" for a male and female League director who contribute to the growth of tennis and Mylan WTT and act as a leader and role model in his/her 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
2012 DELAINE MAST AWARD WINNERS
Claudette Sealy - Virginia Beach, Va.
Claudette Sealy (pictured above) is currently a USTA League Coordinator who organizes players for various local leagues in Virginia Beach, Va. She is a Board member of the Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Association and also coordinates Mylan WTT Rec League play in her community. In 2009, she was instrumental in bringing junior TeamTennis to her area, and she also coordinates the Banana Open Tennis Tournaments, which have been running for 33 years. The website vbtennislife.com was started by Sealy to keep people informed of community tennis news. She plays on several teams in the Adult 4.0 leagues and captains a few of them. Sealy has been a Mylan WTT League Director since 2000 and has more than 2300 players from the Virginia Beach area. In 2012, she made her second trip to Mylan WTT Rec Nationals with her team, WTT Senior Crew, after finishing as runner-up in the Senior 4.0 Division in 2011.
David Bell - Raleigh, N.C.
David Bell (pictured to the left) is the Tennis Director for Raleigh Parks and Recreation and runs the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center, which has hosted a Mylan WTT National Qualifier for the past six years. He started in May of 2004 and began running Mylan WTT leagues the same year for more than 3200 players of all levels. Bell has been a USPTA (P1) Certified Teaching Professional since 1990 as well as a Cardio Tennis Authorized Provider and a US Racquet Stringers Association member. He works closely with the Raleigh Tennis Association, which is a very active Community Tennis Association in Raleigh. Millbrook Exchange is a designated Tennis Welcome Center and more recently named a USTA 10 & Under High Performance Center. Bell and his staff provide thousands of players of all ages and abilities opportunities to play Mylan WTT and USTA Leagues, Junior Team Tennis, Cardio Tennis, Adult and Junior Ladders, drills and clinics, 10 & Under Tennis, USTA Southern Sanctioned tournaments and many more programs that keep people in Raleigh having fun on the tennis courts.
Delaine Mast Award Winners Through the Years
||St. Louis, Mo.|
||Bel Air, Md.|
||New York City, N.Y.|
||San Diego, Calif.|
||St. Louis, Mo.|
||Key Biscayne, Fla.|
||Kansas City, Mo.|
||Thousand Lakes, Calif.|
||Los Angeles, Calif.|
||Broward County, Fla.|
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||Virginia Beach, Va.|