Teach Me Tennis after-school program wins industry award

Three local tennis pros were recently recognized by the United States Professional Tennis Association Southern Division for their work to grow tennis in the Rome community.

Juan Pablo Selle (left) and Cristian Lopez accepted the USPTA Southern Industry Excellence award at the group's annual convention last weekend in Johns Creek. (Contributed photo)

Juan Pablo Selle (left) and Cristian Lopez accepted the USPTA Southern Industry Excellence award at the group’s annual convention last weekend in Johns Creek. (Contributed photo)

Juan Pablo Selle, director of tennis at Coosa Country Club; Cristian Lopez, director of Rome Tennis Academy; and David Araiza, from USTA Southern, were the recipients of the USPTA Southern Industry Excellence award this past weekend for their after-school program, Teach Me Tennis.

This award recognizes those USPTA-certified members who have done the most to promote tennis at the grassroots level and thereby increased player participation in the sport.

“I am honored by this award and look forward to continuing our work,” Selle said. He also invited Tom Daglis, new executive director of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, “to embrace what we have done and help us continue this selfless work in our community that we love.”

The Teach Me Tennis program has exposed the sport to more than 11,000 children at 16 different schools and institutions in and around Floyd County over the last two and a half years.

Organizers have held 46 tournaments that have involved the help of 192 volunteers and 25 part-time employees.

The program relies on the contributions of many local and regional organizations and businesses, including the United States Tennis Association, Coosa Valley Tennis Association, Coosa Country Club, Berry College, Shorter University, Darlington School, Floyd County Board of Education and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation.

Press release courtesy of Rome-News Tribune

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