The United States Tennis Association (USTA) this week selected Sea Colony beach & tennis resort, located just south of Bethany Beach, Delaware, to receive the 2012 Outstanding Facility of the Year award.
“It is with enormous pride that I share the outstanding news that Sea Colony has been selected to receive the USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year award,” said Rich Kent, tennis committee chair for the Sea Colony Recreational Association, Inc. (SCRA). “This is a highly coveted award in the tennis circles and will certainly increase our current national profile as a world class tennis resort. Congratulations to all involved. There is no doubt that this award that recognizes our excellent facility will generate additional visibility and interest in Sea Colony as both a destination and for our world-class tennis programs.”
The USTA’s Outstanding Facility Award Program was established to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize those facilities whose efforts make such a positive statement about the vitality of the game. Since 1981, the USTA has annually recognized top tennis facilities in four categories, including small public tennis centers, large public tennis centers, educational institutions and private facilities.
“I am so proud of how our tennis program has developed and evolved over the last two years,” said Thomas Johnston, Sea Colony’s director of tennis. “Our junior programs have grown so rapidly – both in participation and number of offerings – and our schedule of events for all ages and skill levels is so diverse.”
In addition to numerous adult and junior tournaments, Johnston highlighted recent new and upcoming events, including a professional women’s tournament, sport science weekend and a wheelchair tournament, as well as clinics and exhibitions featuring notable pros and teachers such as former world No. 1 Richie Reneberg, former French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen and junior guru John Eagleton.
“This accomplishment is due to outstanding leadership of the Sea Colony Tennis Committee, the support of the staff, and the management team at ResortQuest Delaware,” said Ron Wickwire, president of the SCRA board of directors. “Their vision and collaboration made this success possible.”
The official award presentation will be made at the USTA semi-annual meeting in New York City on Sept. 2, 2012.
With 34 tennis courts including four indoor and 14 Har-Tru clay, Sea Colony Tennis – known as “The Premier Family Beach & Tennis Resort Community” – offers a wide range of camps, clinics and private instruction to tennis players of all ages and skill levels.
Supported by the Sea Colony homeowners and under the guidance of Johnston and his team of experienced, talented and highly-trained teaching professionals, the tennis program has produced state and national champions, elite juniors and top collegiate tennis players, while earning kudos from state and regional tennis organizations.
Earlier this year, TENNIS magazine honored Sea Colony among its 2012 Top 50 American Resorts, as well as ranking it the No. 3 resort in the Mid-Atlantic region.
In May, TennisResortsOnline.com (TRO), published by former TENNIS magazine editor Roger Cox, ranked the seaside resort the world’s No. 13 tennis camp, as well as No. 4 for best overall children’s programs and No. 5 for best junior programs. The southern Delaware beach and tennis community is also among TRO’s Top 50 Tennis Resorts.
In addition to its world-class tennis offerings, Sea Colony, professionally managed by ResortQuest, features a wide variety of amenities including a half mile of private beach, 12 pools (two indoor), fitness centers, a community shuttle, year-round security.
For more information about Sea Colony Tennis, stop by the tennis center at West Way Drive and Kent Avenue, call 302-539-4488, visit SeaColonyTennis.net or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seacolonytennis.
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