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Congratulations Wisconsin Award Recipients

April 10, 2011 11:04 AM
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The Wisconsin Tennis Association congratulates the Wisconsin recipients of USTA Midwest Section Awards.  Wisconsin award winners are Le Club Sports Club, USTA Midwest Section Member Organization of the Year, Sarah Burlz, recipient of the 2011 Rick Van Horn USTA Midwest Section Scholarship and Michelle Croak, recipient of the 2011 Tim and Tom Gullikson USTA Midwest Section Scholarship.
Member Organization of the Year Award – Le Club Sports Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The USTA/Midwest Section Member Organization of the Year Award is presented annually to a USTA member organization in the USTA/Midwest Section in recognition of its service to the tennis community, service to its members through junior and adult programs, and its history of providing those services.
The Le Club Sports Club has a long and distinguished record of serving tennis to its members.  The club also provides various programs and events to the entire community.
Le Club Sports Club offers the USTA League program as well as its own club league for its adult and senior members.  The club has hosted the USTA League District and State championships.  The club hosts USTA sanctioned tournaments for juniors and adults throughout the year.  Tennis lesson classes are provided for all levels and ages of players.  Various member events are also held at the club.
Le Club Sports Club has donated its courts to host charity events, offers area schools courts during inclement weather, and hosts local college tennis matches.  The club has offered free tennis clinics to the community, holds Special Olympic events, and serves as a rain site for the USTA Pro Circuit Milwaukee Tennis Classic.  Several of the club’s tennis professionals have donated their time going into the local schools and introducing both teachers and students to QuickStart Tennis.
Sarah Brulz hails from Waterford, Wis. She has played varsity tennis her freshman and sophomore year at Waterford Union High School.  Brulz was named All County Tennis Honoree.  In addition to playing varsity high school tennis, she also competed in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis program for several years, and is an instructor for the Midwest Youth Team Tennis program in her community. She plans to attend Carroll University in the fall, major in athletic training, and play college tennis.  Brulz has been on the Honor Roll all four years of her high school career.  She is a member of the school’s Running Club and Wellness Club.  In addition to playing tennis, Brulz also was a member of the high school’s track and field team.
The Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation established this scholarship in 2008 in memory of Rick Van Horn.  It provides assistance to individuals with a passion to work in the tennis industry, have demonstrated financial need, and have shown ability and aptitude as students and as tennis players.
Michelle Croak is from Milwaukee Wis.  She has competed as a varsity tennis player at Whitefish Bay High School all four years, and was also named team captain.  Croak was named Second Team All-State, Honorable Mention All Area, and represented her school at the 2010 Badger State Games.  Off the court, Croak is a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in the Mock Trial Team and Key Club.  She is a Brady Academic All Star, and Milwaukee Brewers Academic Achievement recipient.  This fall Croak will enroll as a freshman at the University of Michigan or University of Texas at Austin, and major in sports management.