LAKE NONA, Fla. – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud to present the USPTA Elevate Award to Neely Zervakis of Seaford, Va.
“Neely has such a wonderful presence in her facility and community,” USPTA CEO John Embree said. “She has dedicated herself to the game and to the children in her programs. We are so proud of her accomplishments.”
As Associate Director of the McCormack Nagelsen Tennis Center, Zervakis developed ACEing Autism Williamsburg and directs many of the events at the club. In the Spring of 2019, Zervakis led the 10U and 12U JTT teams to championships. She also volunteered at tournaments and camps, including working with over 500 kids at Clara Byrd Baker Field Day. Zervakis is a USPTA Elite Professional and has been a member for six years.
The USPTA Elevate Award recognizes a USPTA member under the age of 30 who, through their tennis-teaching and volunteer spirit, has increased opportunities for others to participate in tennis. This member exemplifies and emphasizes individual achievement and sportsmanship along with teaching the physical attributes of the sport. This member has served the USPTA in one capacity or another, and has made a commitment to grassroots tennis and an indelible impression on her community.
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.