The United States Professional Tennis Association, Inc. (USPTA) is proud to present the 2023 USPTA Star Award to Marcus Rutsche of Johns Creek, Ga. (Southern Division).
As director of racquet sports at the Country Club of Roswell, Rutsche plays an integral role as the tournament director for the club’s annual Charity Tennis Pro/AM Invitaonal. Last year, through their 44th event, he helped raise more than $75,000. This enabled the Country Club of Roswell to make large contribuons to both Special Pops Tennis and StandUp for Kids. This award-winning tournament has raised more than $1 million for local charies since its incepon. In 2022, the club was able to make donaons to Camp Horizon and Goizueta Alzheimer's Research Center.
USPTA endorsee Tennis Warehouse sponsored the Star Award for the second year. To honor this year’s recipient, Tennis Warehouse is donating 50 pairs of tennis shoes on Rutsche’s behalf to Special Pops Tennis in Atlanta. Special Pops enriches the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities by offering an adaptive program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis.
“Marcus’s ideas and work have clearly had a huge impact on his community, and he is so deserving of the USPTA Star Award for his efforts,” USPTA CEO John Embree said.