Former USTA Missouri Valley section president Jodie Adams was honored this week in New York City with the 2009 USTA President’s Award. The award was given at the USTA Awards Breakfast.
Established in 1999, the President’s Award is given to a person who has contributed unusual and extraordinary service to tennis in the public interest. Past winners include Bob and Mike Bryan, Lindsay Davenport and Billie Jean King. Current USTA president Lucy Garvin presented the award to Adams.
Adams, a Springfield, Mo., native, currently serves as the president of the National Recreation and Parks Association. She was inducted into the USTA Missouri Valley Hall of Fame in 1995 and served as the section’s president from 1991-1994. She played an integral role in bringing a World Team Tennis franchise to Springfield; she now serves as a team advisor to the Lasers. In addition, she has been a member of the USTA National Board of Directors, as well as the Fed Cup Committee. She serves on the Tennis in the Parks committee, having served as its chair in 2005, at the inception of the committee.
Adams’ on-court history is also impressive – she declined a wild-card entry to Wimbledon in 1979 to begin her career with the Springfield-Greene Park Board, where she is now the director. She graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, where she is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. In her high school career at Parkview High School, she went undefeated in both singles and doubles. She is also a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
“Jodie has been an integral part of the growth of tennis in the Missouri Valley,” said Mary Buschmann, USTA Missouri Valley Executive Director. “Her passion for tennis continues to inspire all of us to grow the game.”
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