Metro Richmond Tennis Club Annual Awards & Newsletter
Metro Richmond Tennis Club’s 5th Annual Banquet was on December 10th at the Henrico Recreation Center. The banquet is an opportunity to recognize and honor players and volunteers who are affiliated with MRTC. This year, youth were the featured presenters, Kofi Hawley welcomed everyone, Kendal Green blessed the meal, and Jazmine Davis introduced the guest speaker. Youth from Junior Tennis Teams were recognized and presented with certificates.
Player of the Year- Cierra Turner She is a high school senior and plays #1 for Highland Springs HS, she will be attending college in the Fall and has already been offered a full scholarship but has not decided where she will go.
The guest speaker was Richmond’s own Ms. Sallie Elam, 1st Vice President of the American Tennis Association. She talked about Tennis, education, giving back and hard work. She stressed the importance of always being prepared and putting in the work and being flexible. She spoke of having a plan B as sometimes life changes your plans. She is excited about organization’s new 100 court facility in Orlando Florida.
Outstanding Youth of the Year- Yusufu Abrahim Raised in Gilpin Court, he attended Open High School graduating with a 4.2 GPA. He played varsity tennis for Armstrong High School and where he dominated his conference finishing with a 16-2 record in his senior year. Yusufu volunteered as a tennis coach for younger kids, served as a mentor reading, talking to and inspiring youth. He helped maintain city tennis courts and always had a smile and positive attitude whenever you saw him. He is attending Virginia Commonwealth University on an academic scholarship and is excited about his future.
Volunteer of the Year- Karen Jones She does so much for MRTC serving as treasurer, chair of several committees, editor of the newsletter, and motivator, youth tennis coach, Battery Park Junior Open organizer and wherever else she is needed.