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A Great Example

Dee Henry
Bill Ozaki (left), USTA Senior Director of Junior and Collegiate
Competition, with 2005 USTA/ITA National Campus Recreation
Award winner Dee Henry of Biola University.
In 2003, the USTA and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) founded the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award to honor ITA coaches who have done an outstanding job of implementing recreational tennis programs on campus in an effort to grow tennis participation.  For 2005, the awards program was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at NCAA Division I, II, and III schools as well as the NAIA and junior/community college levels.

The national winner was selected from a group of USTA sectional winners determined last fall, and the USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award went to Dee Henry, women's tennis coach at Biola University, an NAIA school in La Mirada, California.  henry was honored in December at the ITA Coaches Convention at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, during the ITA Membership and Awards Banquet.

"The ITA and USTA strongly believe that campus recreation programs are extremely important for today's college coach to become involved in, and the award helps highlight the efforts of those coaches who have," says ITA Executive Director David A. Benjamin.  "Dee is a great example of a coach who gives back to her community and campus, and our hope is that many other varsity coaches will emulate the great work she is doing."

Henry, who was also the award recipient for the USTA Southern California Section, has coached at Biola for the past 35 years.  She has been instrumental in organizing numerous tennis events and programs that run throughout the academic year on the Biola campus.  These programs involve the university's students along with its faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community.

Some of the main programs Henry runs at Biola are: a USTA Tennis On Campus league; hosting an annual tournament since 1979 for the students and community; a campus wheelchair program that provides instruction for recreational and competitive players; and Tennis Across America, a free program of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) that introduces tennis to families from Biola and the community.  She started the Tennis On Campus program just three years ago, and it has already tripled in size.

Henry has also been involved with a Girl's Sports Day on campus, which is a program supporting Girl Scouts, and the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), which seeks to develop the character of young people through tennis and emphasize the ideals of the late Arthur Ashe.  A new tennis center is also being constructed on the Biola campus that will help grow the already successful programs Henry is running.

USTA/ITA Campus Recreation Award - Section Winners
Intermountain: Brad Pearce, Brigham Young University
Mid-Atlantic: Constantine Ananiadis, Washington College (MD)
Middle States: Dave Shook, Lehigh University
Missouri Valley: Lisa Johnson, Oklahoma Christian University
New England: Christine Davis, Smith College (MA)
Northern California: Peter Wright, University of California, Berkeley
Pacific Northwest: Carl Swanson, Linfield College (OR)
Southern: Mary Ann Sunbury, Pfeiffer University
Southern California: Dee Henry, Biola University