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2014

The Juniors “Spirit of the Game” Award Is Presented to Mary Emma Guldi

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One of Radley Run's future stars shone brightly at the 2014 Junior Nationals While demonstrating the good sportsmanship, integrity and respect that goes with the "Spirit of the Game" honor, this award is so special because paddle is a game where good sportsmanship is so keenly recognized. Independent but commanders were on the lookout for exemplary behavior during the tournament and, at the end of the day, the tournament committee made their decision. The winner of this year's "Spirit of the Game" Award is ten-year-old Mary Emma Guldi. A fifth grader at St. Agnes in West Chester, Mary Emma has played platform tennis at Radley Run for about three years. Mary Emma lost her partner when the tournament date was changed, due to an ice storm, but still wanted to be part of the event. She created her own rainbow after the storm by signing on as a junior reporter for the APTA. She thoug[...]

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2014

Cindy Prendergast Receives the Charlotte Lee Sportsmanship Award

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Charlotte Lee was a national champion in the women's and mixed draws in the 1960s and 1970s. She was known as a fierce but unfailingly fair competitor on the court, and an ambassador of the game. The Charlotte Lee Sportsmanship Award is given yearly to the woman who displays the most sportsmanlike conduct on and off the court during the season. In that spirit, Cindy Prendergast was chosen as the recipient of the award by the APTA Women's Players Committee. Prendergast responded: "Thanks to my paddle peers for this award. I've been playing paddle for a long, long time and feel so fortunate to have been surrounded by such a fun, gracious, and competitive group of ladies. The good news is that the game of paddle keeps evolving yet the integrity of the player remains the same. I am so grateful for this sport." Prendergast won the APTA Women's Nationals four times (three times with Laur[...]

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2015

Hall of Famer Patty Hogan’s passion is Junior Paddle

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Catching up with and to Patty Hogan is always fun. When I spoke with her, she was driving to Canoe Brook in Summit, New Jersey. She runs the Junior Paddle Academy with host pro Drew Broderick and Dave Broderick, a very successful junior platform tennis program. She had spent the past weekend helping set up the Beacon Hill Junior Open, a Ranking event, also in Summit. "Just this past weekend, with junior events in Beacon Hill, Philadelphia, Essex, and Cleveland, we had way over 220 kids playing paddle in an APTA event," Hogan enthused………. [Click on image below to read the full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 3, Jan./Feb. 2015

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2014

2013-2014 Men’s and Women’s Final Rankings for Season

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Click image to enlarge Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 5 April/May 2014

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2014

2013-2014 Tournament Winners and Finalists

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Click on images to enlarge Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 5 April/May, 2014

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2014

APTA Annual Meeting Recap

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The Short Hills Club, in Short Hills, New Jersey, hosted the 2014 APTA Board Meeting and Annual Meeting. HELLOS AND GOODBYES The board welcomed four new members and said farewell to two whose terms expired. The APTA membership elected Ray Crosta, Region I, Cooey Lyon, Region III, Jim McCready, Region VII, and Bill O'Brien, Region V. Thanks go to Rich Green and Tim Mangan for their service. Rich Green helped usher in the dynamic growth of Region VII by being the champion of the first APTA "Grow the Game" grant. He will continue as the Region VII President. Tim Mangan was Region I's President and President's Cup Captain, and also is an indefatigable tournament director. ELECTION OF OFFICERS The Board approved the slate officers: Rob Coster, President; Fritz Odenbach, Vice President; Bill O'Brien, Vice President; Aila Main, Treasurer; and Cooey Lyon, Secretary. FINANCIALS Alia [...]

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2014

30 Years On – Jim McCready, a past Executive Director of the APTA in the 1980s, joins the APTA Board

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I had often taken the path less traveled early on in my paddle life, helping out here and there, volunteering for the APTA board in 1981, and holding the office of Executive Director. But, I hadn't walked that way in decades. It held fond memories and I had a yearning to visit it again. So, I took that road again one day and, boy, how things have changed in 30 years! The new-breed of board members are as passionate as ever but have so many more tools at their fingertips. In 1984, the membership records were on index cards. There wasn't a laptop to be found, just an electric typewriter and a word processor, without spell check. The office staff of one could barely type. The newsletter was black and white and we had to cut and paste the entire issue and send it by hand over to the printer, who was a real person. Ahh, but those were the days. No cell phones. No dot corns. No Facebook[...]

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2014

APTA Board Member Profile – Steve Cacaam, Junior Tour Guru

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Steve Cacaam Residence: Darien, Connecticut Years of Service on the APTA Board: Three Family: Wife Ann, and children, Emily, Blair, and Paige Years Playing: 11 How did you get started playing platform tennis? In many ways, I was very lucky to have platform tennis become a part of my life. Back when I first started playing, we lived in New Canaan, Connecticut, a town with four public courts, which was a stroke of fortune. One cool Saturday in October, I was invited by some tennis friends who needed a fourth for their Saturday morning game………. [Click image below to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 1, 2014

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2014

The Junior Tour …. getting better all the time

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[Click image to read] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol.26 Issue 1, Sept./Oct. 2014

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2014

Volunteers of the Month – Betsy and Ron Pinsky

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They aren't Doctors but they have brought many tournaments back to life When the Pinskys moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1993, from Rochester, New York, one of their first priorities was to find a platform tennis club. Since 1986, platform tennis has been an integral part of their lives, when Ron started playing at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club in Rochester with the support of Fritz Odenbach. Betsy met Ron in 1987 on a tennis court there, and he quickly got her onto a paddle court. After their move, as a couple and as individuals, they have become essential contributors to MAPTA (Metropolitan Area Platform Tennis Association)…………... [Click image below to read full article] Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 16 Issue 1, 2014

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