Bob Ryland Diversity Award

Brian Dean - Tipp City, Ohio

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud to present the 2022 USPTA Bob Ryland Diversity Award to Brian Dean from Tipp City, OH (Midwest Division). The USPTA Bob Ryland Diversity Award recognizes certified professionals that demonstrated an outstanding ability to use tennis to unite diverse populations within their community. As a coach, one has the responsibility to include people from any background. Brian has done exactly that by ensuring wheelchair players in his community can feel the joy we all feel when playing tennis. Brian had “the vision to do, and the heart to share.” Brian’s coached several wheelchair tennis events and camps, including one in Columbus with 20 wheelchair players and one at Holland, Michigan with 25 junior tennis players. In 2021, Brian introduced the A.H. Sports/Hunter Heck/Lynn Bender Junior Wheelchair Tennis Grant- named in part honoring fellow USPTA member Lynn Bender. Brian organized a fundraiser for the grant that raised close to $15,000.  The grant gives out $1,000 awards to a junior wheelchair tennis player. Four of those grants were handed out last year. The group also awarded one new sports chair, valued at $4,000. Through Brian’s efforts, many players are finding new ways to enjoy tennis.