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Senior Cup Donation


(L) Elizabeth Walker, USTA Tennessee President, with (R) Dana Butchee, Senior Cup team captain

Tennessee Senior Cup Team Donates Portion of Prize Money to Helping Juniors Play

The Men’s and Women’s Senior Cup Team from Tennessee dominated the recent 28th Annual Senior Cup 2014 event in Huntsville, Ala. They gave it their all on the courts, and then decided to keep giving off the courts.

Team Tennessee won both the coveted Mildred Southern Award and the Gil Stacy Memorial Award, which goes to the team with the most championship points and most individual wins, respectively.  After much consideration, the team, comprised of top men’s and women’s players from across the state, decided to donate a portion of their prize to USTA Tennessee’s Junior Voucher program.  Donations were also made to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, and the American Heart Association.

“We reviewed several of USTA TN’s projects,” states Senior Cup team captain, Dana Butchee “and we decided to give to the voucher program. It is a state wide program and will offer the opportunity for children to get to play a tournament.  It’s our way of connecting with these young players and hopefully instilling a love for tennis that lasts them a lifetime. “

USTA Tennessee’s voucher program allows junior players or their parents to apply for a voucher that covers their entry fee for their first tournament.  So far in 2014, over 50 junior players have experienced the fun and competition of their first tennis tournament using this program. 

“This generous donation from the 2014 Senior Cup Team will go a long way in helping to grow the voucher fund,” said Tracy Davies, Executive Director, USTA Tennessee. “We expect to help over 100 junior players this year alone.  We are proud of the Senior Cup team’s accomplishments on the court, but were even more proud that they chose to give back to programming that grows the game they

Congratulations and thank you to the 2014 Senior Cup team.

Senior Cup Men’s team members:  Chris Groer,  John Fritts, Neal Stapp, Patrick Knudsen, Carlos Garcia, John Gibson, Bob Williams, Russell Buchi, Dennis Covington, Charlie Frangos, Mike Parker, Al Yearwood, Ken Campbell, Clive Kileff, Dewayne McCamish, Darrell McDonald, and Bob Money.

Senior Cup Women’s team members:  Dana Butchee, Uta Preston, Clare Sevier Ray, Lupita York, Lisa Fielding, Fran Chandler, Sue Webb, Sue Bartlett, Mary Ellis Richardson, Elizabeth Henderson, Phyllis Taylor, Jane Row, Billie Kerr, Sharon Tillman, Caroline Haynes, Pam Hickman, and Judy Powell.