USPTA Diversity Award

Chris Champion - Gainesville, FL

Chris Champion was presented the 2019 USPTA Diversity Award. Over the past 15 years, Champion has served as tennis coach, program administrator and operations manager before becoming director of tennis at First Serve Miami, a National Junior Tennis and Learning program that offers tennis lessons and educational support to disadvantaged youth in Miami. Champion, a USPTA Elite Professional, implemented the Community Partners and Adopt-A-Player programs, which impacted over 650 participants. He incorporated five parks into the Community Partners after school program and established the in-school program at eight area elementary schools. He also set up a visit from 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens at Earlington Heights Elementary School.