USTA Southwest Section Honors Kelly Ferris as Local League Coordinator of the Year

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(PHOENIX – Feb. 6, 2018) – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southwest Section has honored Kelly Ferris, from USTA Central Arizona, as the Local League Coordinator of the Year at its awards and hall of fame ceremony held earlier this month in Scottsdale, Ariz. The mission of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southwest Section is to promote and develop tennis in the Southwest by servicing the needs of the playing public and encouraging the growth of tennis by administering programming, support and guidance and serving as a source for comprehensive information on tennis.

Each year the USTA Southwest Section holds its annual awards and hall of fame ceremony, and new this year is the award to honor a local league coordinator that fulfills the mission of the USTA Southwest Section. According to the leadership of the organization, Ferris has gone above and beyond in meeting these requirements.

“Kelly has been with USTA Central Arizona since July 2016 and was directly responsible for the single largest increase in participation in our local tennis leagues in USTA Central Arizona history.  It was the 4th largest increase in the country out of nearly 320 local leagues,” said Matt Gleason, executive director of USTA Central Arizona. “Her passion for tennis and growing the game of tennis have proven to be a winning combination for USTA Central Arizona.”

“As the local league coordinator for Central Arizona, my goal is to get everyone that is interested in playing tennis connected with our many league captains, and playing tennis as soon as possible,” said Ferris. “I’m honored to receive this recognition.”

Ferris is a Paradise Valley resident.

ABOUT USTA Central Arizona

USTA Central Arizona, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is the local United States Tennis Association organization committed to promoting the growth of junior and adult recreational and competitive tennis throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Established in 1968 as the Phoenix Area Tennis Association (PATA) , USTA Central Arizona has evolved into a daily operation that serves just over 5,000 members and nearly 100 organization members comprised of private clubs, public facilities and schools. USTA Central Arizona is chartered by the USTA Southwest Section and provides services to all communities within Maricopa County as well as Pinal County cities including Casa Grande, Coolidge, Apache Junction, Florence, Payson, Strawberry, Pine and Maricopa. USTA Southwest Section is one of 17 sections of the national USTA organization, United States Tennis Association. For more information visit:

ABOUT USTA Southwest

USTA Southwest is a not-for-profit tennis association comprised of nearly 12,500 individual members and over 250 member organizations that support the sport  throughout Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso County in Texas. USTA Southwest is one of 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association in the country and invests 100% of its proceeds in promoting and developing the growth of tennis.   For more information visit:

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