|Cindy Baine |
The USTA Missouri Valley runs a monthly Web segment called 'Six-Love,' spotlighting our many volunteers and their love for the sport of tennis and community by asking them six questions related to how they got started playing tennis, and, in volunteering with the USTA.
The state of tennis in America would be at a loss without each of our volunteers making a difference in everything we do. From tournament directors to junior coaches to USTA League organizers, there are a myriad of folks helping in a variety of roles, all of them helping us achieve our mission to "promote and develop the growth of tennis" here in the USTA Missouri Valley. If you would like to nominate a volunteer from your area, please e-mail Jeff Sikes at email@example.com.
This month's volunteer spotight shines on Cindy Baine of Joplin, Mo.
When Baine is not volunteering as an assistant coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Joplin, or as a tournament director/referee for their matches, Baine works as an official for the USTA. Baine helps train and recruit officials in Missouri, and helps run wheelchair clinics.
Many of us have probably already seen Baine on the court and didn't notice it. She officiates locally in the Springfield and Joplin areas, and travels to many Pro Circuit events throughout the year. In August, Baine will also be an official at the 2007 US Open.
Six questons with the Missouri District's Cindy Baine
How’d you get into tennis?
I got into the sport through some friends of mine. They were volunteers at the (ATP event) Kroger St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., and they got me into the game.
How long have you been playing tennis and how long have you been volunteering?
I got into it about the same time I started volunteering. I started playing about 25 years ago in Memphis. One of my friends got me into it.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Just the people I meet. It’s really great to be around people who enjoy tennis. Every now and then you run into someone with an attitude, but most people are tennis crazy, and just as nuts about the sport as you are. That's absolutely one of the great things about it.
Playing tennis is better than…. (why?)
Anything! There's not much better than tennis.
Favorite non-tennis activity?
Probably playing in the pool with my grandkids.
Best-ever tennis memory?
Well my best on-court tennis experience was…for years and years my partner and I had been losing to this one team over and over again. We finally beat this team at a USTA event in Joplin, and that was so big to me. The other one was when I was an official and working an Andy Roddick match. His opponent, who I can’t remember at the time, was constantly toweling himself off and it was getting a little out of hand. The guy was going to the towl on every single point. Andy came over to me and jokingly said, "I think he missed a spot." I thought that was pretty funny.
Read other past Volunteer Spotlight profiles