LAKE NONA, Fla. –The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud
to present the 2022 USPTA Bob Ryland Diversity Award to Brian Dean of 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. This award was renamed after Bob
Ryland, a 60-plus year member, who was inducted into our USPTA Hall of Fame in
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.
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.
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