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Junior Team Tennis Project–The “Kelley” Awards

The purpose of this program is to help children who show a good attitude, good sportsmanship and the interest in improving their tennis skills. In past years, $500 scholarships were awarded to at least 4 team tennis players who applied and were chosen as winners. Starting in 2013/2014, $250 scholarships will be given to those applying at designated State Team Tennis Events. Applications will be submitted at the tournament and the winner will be named at the tournament. There will be 12 $250 winners during the year, one for each tournament.

In 2007, the board voted to rename the project The “Kelley” Awards in honor and recognition of it’s past president, Pierce Kelley. The concept of team tennis has always been near and dear to Pierce’s heart. In 1976, Pierce initiated through the YTF the first team tennis program in the State of Florida that was later picked-up and administered by the FTA. The program continues to thrive today due to Pierce’s leadership, passion and efforts that started some 30 years ago. As such, the board thought it only fitting that the Kelley name be associated in perpetuity with junior team tennis.

-2017-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.


Zihan Zhao, Miami with her coaches, Coach Kara and Coach Lee

-2016-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.

Efren Rojas, Cutler Bay
Abigal Radel, Boca Raton


Mateo Quiroz, Sunrise with his coach


Rolando Torrellas with his coach, Justin Dimaio from Sunrise Tennis Academy

Simon Ayer, age 9, played for the Boca Royale Chargers on their 12 U team.

If I received a scholarship for $250 I would be very happy. I would buy lessons or a new racket with it. Lessons have helped me be a better player at a sport I really love. I will need a new racket because I need an extra in case mine breaks.

Simon Ayer

Tess Tchorbadjler

-2015-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.

Rory Renzy and his coach Randy Webb. Rory takes lessons
with Randy at The Tennis Center of Coral Springs

Billy Rand(age 9) with YTF Board Member, Sue Zipay, presenting the
award during the “Team Tennis Junior League” playoffs at Englewood Tennis Club

KIRILL SABITOV (age 12) with his parents with the award
presented during Team Tennis Junior League playoffs at Englewood Tennis Club

Ryan Grywczynski with his mom and his coach

I thank you for your generous giving of the opportunities to receive the Kelley Award while playing the sport I love most. It is very thoughtful of you and I was and still am astonished that I was chosen to receive the award. I always put a lot of thought into my writing and was elated when I heard my name called for the boy who had the best essay.The racquet I bought using the money has improved my game a lot and makes playing tennis much more fun. Thanks again for the amazing opportunity for the award, I hope to earn more in the future.

Sincerely, Ryan Grywczynski

Melodie Zuche with her PHU high school coach Irene Tharin, Coach Sharon Bodine, YTF board member Nancy Morgan, and her mom Bobbie Zuche.

-2014-

Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2014 winners of the $500 and $250 Kelley Scholarships.


Jeffrey Cummings – 9 yrs. (Serendipity Rkt. Club) and T. J. Searle – 14 yrs. (Englewood Tennis Club)


Franz Bagayas, Miami


Keonna Penny, with her coach Addison Staples and USTA-FL Coordinator
for Team Tennis, Elizabeth Coates

-2013-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 winners of the Kelley Scholarships.

2013 $500 Kelley Scholarship Winners
Gayatri Sai Babusuganya, Pembroke Pines
Jaden Keaton, Jacksonville
Gabriel Silvera, St. Augustine
Zoe Radojicic, Miami
David Triscari, Cape Coral

2013/2014 $250 Kelley Scholarship Winners
Maia Lontok, Tampa


Marc Moreira, St Johns


Natalie Sancho, Palmetto Bay

Mason Pocklington, Ft. Myers (picture not available)
Lucas Wiles, Cape Coral (picture not available)

-2012-

The Youth Tennis Foundation is proud to announce the 2012 winners of the Kelley Scholarships. There were three different categories this year: eight Team Tennis winners from around the state, a special award for a very deserving player in need from Pembroke Pines, and two winners from the Sue Zipay youth tennis group.


Taylor Cook, Largos


Sabah Arenas, Pembroke


Julia Mjtenyi, Palm Beach

William Kozel

Cade Gilchrist

Jefferson Lustre, Orlando
Marc Moreira, St Johns
Tatiyana Roberts, Jacksonville
Danielle DuPuis, Port Orange
Jensyn Blouin, WPB
Rafaelle Leroy, Pembroke Pines

-2011-

The winners of the six $500 2011 Kelley Scholarships were: Jayla, Ezryel and Alexis Thompson of Spring Hill, David Britt of Jacksonville, Raven Novak of Cape Coral, Claire Whitman of Hobe Sound, Cassi Johnson of North Miami, and Davina Sisouphavong of Deltona.

( Left to Right ) Jeff Horn, Davina Sisouphanouvong, and coach Kurt Collis

(L-R) coach Jamiie Davidson, Britt Shortle, Jeff Horn


letter from David Britt, $500 award winner

Louise Downey with Ezryel, Jaylen and Alexis Thompson
(shared $500 winner)and coach John Downey

Ryan Solters ($250 winner), coach Ray Belmudez
and Stephanie Solters

Winner Cassi Johnson of Miami with her coach Youlian Nikolov, Lynn Jaimes, CEO of Jaimes Tennis Management and Cassi’s Mom, Jeannette Johnson

Winner Raven Novak with her Coach, Bob Nelson

-2010-

In 2010, there were over 50 applications and many, many fine candidates for the awards. There are 6 $500 scholarship winners and 2 $250 scholarship winners this year. Listed below are the winners:

$500 winners:

Lydia Arflin Yulee, Florida

Jordan DeSanctis, Port Orange


Coach Desi Pierre, Paulina & David Reitman, Hollywood

Adam Shugar, Newberry

Coach Gerri Braxton, Caprice Thomas, Pembroke Pines, Tug Miller

Shawn Wilson, Tallahassee

$250 winners:

Chrissy Texidor, Coral Gables

Andrea Lansdale, Punta Gorda and Coach Tony Geraci

-2009-

In July, the Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) announced the 2009 Kelley Scholarship Winners. The Youth Tennis Foundation has awarded the following players a $500 scholarship:
Rafael Alvarez — Miami
Jake Cole — Plant City
Brooke DeMorat — Merritt Island
Tristan Mignogna — Melbourne
Heather Peele — Apopka
Courtney Zeng — Orlando

Courtney Zeng with her coach, Juan Palacius

Rafael Alvarez with his coach, Pablo Arraya and YTF Board Member Dr. Von N. Beebe

-2008-

It is with great pleasure that the Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) announces the 2008 Kelley Scholarship Winners. There were over 40 applicants from outstanding young tennis players. The choice of winners was extremely difficult because of so many fine candidates. The seven players have been awarded $500 to use to improve their tennis game! Congratulations to each of you!

Two of the winners of the YTF Scholarships were recognized at the Lakeland Summer Section Jr. Team Tennis Tournament on Friday, August 1st during the player’s party, which the YTF has also sponsored.

The YTF Scholarship Winners are:
Steve Allen — Ft. Meyers
Andrew and Aletha Smith — Daytona Beach
Dominic Salamone — Orlando
Samantha and Danielle Powell — Jacksonville
Garrison Goodland — Palm Harbor


Steve Allen


Andrew Smith, Tug Miller, Paul Salamone

-2007-

The Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) is pleased to announce 10 winners of the second annual Jr. Team Tennis Scholarship Award for 2007. Out of 42 applications submitted between March 1 – May 31, 2007 by USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis youth, six players have been awarded $500 while four received $300 to apply toward their tennis training of choice. This includes tennis lessons, tennis camps and other tennis related activities.

$500 YTF Scholarship Recipients: $300 YTF Scholarship Recipients:
Tyra Fairley of Pembroke Pines Devin Baker of Jacksonville
Kinga Gartner of Pompano Beach Kristen Howell of Sarasota
Liz Renteria of Miramar Austin Basque of Wendermere
Anna Soltren of Longwood Arrice Robinson of Daytona Beach
Yana Wolter of St. Petersburg
Zachary Yonker of Venice

The winners of the YTF Scholarships will be recognized at the Lakeland Summer Section Jr. Team Tennis Tournament on Friday, July 29th during the player’s party, which the YTF has also sponsored.


Anna Marie Soltren, Tug Miller, and Tyra Fairley


Tug Miller, Kinga Gartner, and Eddie Herman


Rafael James, Liz Renteria, and Tug Miller


Devin Baker and Bob Jagger

-2006-

On Tuesday December 5th, James Edwards was presented with a check for $500, which is the first award the YTF has presented to a Junior Team Tennis scholarship winner. In the picture from the left, YTF Board member Tug Miller, James Edwards, his mother Ruth, and his Team Tennis Coach Jerri Braxton.

The second YTF Junior Team Tennis scholarship was presented to the Smith sisters of St. Petersburg. Twins Jade and Jayla and older sister Jasmyne Smith split the $500 award. The Smith’s coach is Matez Robinson. Pictured below are YTF board member Nancy Morgan, winner Jasmyne Smith, Joe Smith (Father), St. Petersburg Tennis Center dierctor Jackie Keller and Tennis Foundation of St. Petersburg board member Ann Sackett.

 

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