|USTA Texas Section Family of the Year|
|From Staff Reports|
Feb. 5, 2005 - A Sulphur Springs family will be recognized tonight at The Woodlands for their contributions to family tennis in Texas.
Since 1975 the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Texas Section has honored a family for their contributions to Texas tennis. This year, the Family of the Year Award goes to Randy, Lisa, Cody and Tara Moore.
As in the past, this year's family's tennis credentials are impressive.
Randy, Lisa, Cody and Tara Moore have building, promoting, and supporting the development of tennis in Sulphur Springs.
Randy has diligently worked to promote the sport of tennis as a health benefit, a character builder, and a life-long sport. Randy along with Lisa accepted the challenge of establishing a community association then he graciously accepted the position of president of the Sulphur Springs Tennis Association.
In addition to his presidential duties, he assists other officers with their duties, helps edit an association newsletter, and coordinates a men's doubles league. Many evenings Randy can be found on the tennis courts playing with and encouraging members of the middle and high school tennis teams.
As an advocate for the welfare of children and the sport of tennis, Lisa promotes combining the two. Lisa and Randy organize and conduct Saturday morning tennis clinics for juniors in the area with plans to add adult clinics in the future. During the summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Lisa can be found on Coleman Park's courts working with juniors frequently providing rackets, balls and refreshments for participants.
Through her relentless efforts she was able to persuade the school board and athletic director that middle school students should have the opportunity to play competitive tennis. On a daily basis she assists either at the high school or middle school as a volunteer coach, often scheduling duels with other schools. She functions as the tennis liaison between the school administration, coaches, parents, the local tennis association and the community. She is responsible for securing several grants to enhance tennis in Sulphur Springs.
Both Randy and Lisa find time to play in local doubles and mixed doubles leagues.
Cody and Tara both play competitively. They serve as junior representatives in the Sulphur Springs Tennis Association. They help manage the courts for the Thursday night mixed doubles league and work with their mom during the summer Tuesday and Thursday morning clinics.
The Moores have shown that through diligent work of tennis enthusiasts, small communities can have successful tennis programs.