September 11, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Jodie Adams Honored with USTA President's Award

Springfield-Greene County Park Board Director Jodie Adams was awarded the 2009 United States Tennis Association’s President’s Award at USTA meetings during the US Open in New York this week.

portrait of jodie adams

The President’s Award annually honors an individual who has given unusual and extraordinary service to the sport of tennis in the public interest. Since its inception in 1999, this award’s recipients have included Billie Jean King, Lindsay Davenport, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.

Adams is notably known for chairing the USTA board’s efforts to develop a partnership with the National Park and Recreation Association for a “Tennis In the Parks” (TIP) program. The 10-year partnership is a strategic initiative designed to help improve and expand opportunities in local communities for the public to learn and play the lifelong game of tennis. The program focuses on quality tennis programming, facility development, maintenance, and advocacy. Since 2005, the USTA has contributed more than $4.8 million in matching facility grants to 150 agencies that built or renovated 1,107 courts as part of the TIP program. That is part of more than $44.2 million in public tennis facility renovations or construction.

Adams’ accomplishments include: Serving on a number of USTA National Committees for more than 25 years; winning the 2007 USTA/NPPTA Hollis Smith Lifetime Achievement Award; serving on the Springfield Sports Commission and Hall of Fame Boards; serving as a member of the Missouri and Springfield Sports Hall of Fames; and winning more than 400 Junior and Adult Tennis Tournament titles over the past 40 years. She played undefeated all four years at Parkview High School in Springfield, and played NCAA Division I Tennis for Missouri State University and for the USTA Pro Circuits.

In 2009, Springfield was recognized as a USTA Top 10 Best Tennis City and the Springfield Lasers World TeamTennis franchise won the WTT Western Conference and advanced to the WTT Championships. In 1984, the USTA Facility Award was awarded to Gillenwaters Tennis Complex, and in 2008, Cooper Tennis Complex was named a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center. Springfield was just awarded a USTA Championship – the National Public Parks Championships for 2013.

For more information, contact: Bob Belote, Assistant Parks Director, (417) 864-1049.