Honor Award Induction: 1967
Hall of Fame Induction: 1996
John Stephenson served as Vice President of the APTA from 1941 to 1946, and as its President from 1948-49. An avid player and tough competitor, he won many local tournaments, and was very active in promoting paddle at the Manursing Island Club, and organized some of the first night play under lights. (Manursing Island Club, Rye, NY)
He was a leader in organizing the annual Westchester-New Jersey inter-team matches held in Englewood, NJ, and participated actively in exhibition matches to help promote the game. No one in the early history of the game was more popular and contributed more time, energy, enthusiasm and especially good fun to our great game.