Ron Woods honored with George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award
– Ron Woods of Corpus Christi, Texas received the George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award at the USPTA General Membership Meeting on Friday during the 2018 Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. The George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award is in honor of the late George Bacso, who served as the USPTA's Director of Certification and Academies along with being a national president from 1978 to 1980. This award honors individuals who dedicate a lifetime to raising the standards in volunteerism on behalf of tennis teachers and recognizes members who provide the USPTA with the most outstanding service.
Woods, a USPTA Master Professional, has been a member of the Association for 51 years along with being on the USPTA national board of directors for 13 years serving as president from 2005 - 2007. He attended the University of Houston on a tennis scholarship, was the director of tennis at the Corpus Christi Country Club from 1970 to 2001, and then went on to serve as the executive director for the USPTA Texas Division until 2008. Along with his USPTA membership, he has been a USTA member for his entire tennis playing career and has been a local, section and national volunteer for over 30 years with the organization.
He was responsible for the formation of the USPTA Texas Adult League Championships; the USPTA Texas Champion of Champions event held in conjunction with the U.S. Men’s Clay Court tournament at River Oaks Country Club and the highly successful USTA “Little State” Adult League Championships for second place league teams. He also ran a local Tennis Across America Day for over 20 years in Corpus Christi and was able to bring nationally known teachers and celebrities to the event such as Vijay Amitraj, Vic Braden, Wayne Bryan, Jack Groppel, Jim Loehr, Stan Smith, Fred Stolle, & Gunders Tillmanis. He also spearheaded a $3 million-dollar bond issue to upgrade the facilities at the HEB & Al Kruse Tennis Centers in Corpus Christi. For this effort, three tennis courts at the HEB Tennis Center were named in his honor.
Ron is most proud of his work with “Tennis Success” - A program that offers tennis, education and college scholarships to underserved youth in his community.
“It is humbling and a great honor to receive the USPTA George Bacso Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Woods. “Tennis has been a great vehicle for me to achieve my dreams and meet so many wonderful people involved in the sport and industry. I plan on continuing to give back to the game that has given so much to me.”
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, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and promotes a greater awareness of the sport.