LAKE NONA, Fla. – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud to present Ed Collins of San Diego, Calif., with the 2020 USTA/USPTA Community Service Award.
“Ed has been an exemplary member for nearly 50 years,” USPTA CEO John Embree said. “He has dedicated his life to our sport and his philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of so many people across multiple generations.”
In his 48 years as a USPTA member, Elite Professional Ed Collins has made giving back to the San Diego tennis community his life’s work. His career started as a volunteer assistant at Monte Vista High School before being asked to take over the men’s program at the University of San Diego, which he led for 19 years. Collins also established a college fund in his father’s name, Julius Collins, which has raised thousands of dollars to provide free instruction and summer camps for children from low-income areas.
About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions nationwide, the Association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.