Walton Foundation’s Donald Shapiro is USTA Georgia’s Wheelchair Player of the Year

Donald Shapiro was named USTA Georgia's 2014 Wheelchair Player of the Year

Donald Shapiro was named USTA Georgia’s 2014 Wheelchair Player of the Year

United States Tennis Association (USTA) Georgia has announced its recipients for its 2014 awards given for outstanding achievements in tennis both on and off the court. Twenty-seven categories of winners will be recognized during the USTA Georgia Community Tennis Development Workshop at the Atlanta Perimeter Marriott Hotel. The awards presentation is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.

Among the winners this year is Donald Shapiro, of Augusta, Georgia. Shapiro is well known in his support of adaptive sports for wheelchair-bound players throughout the local area and beyond. “He is a strong, fair and competitive tennis player that has used his time to coach and mentor other people who have become disabled,” said Jim Spangler, President of the CSRA Tennis Association.

Donald also heads up the Walton Foundation for Independence annual Wheelchair Tennis Championship held every spring and teaches wheelchair tennis clinics for the Foundation every Monday night at Rae’s Creek Racquet Club courts.

Shapiro’s dedication to tennis in Georgia, has resulted in his being awarded the 2014 USTA Georgia Wheelchair Player of the Year Award.

Selected winners were nominated as candidates by their peers. The winners were then selected from among the nominees by volunteer members of the Awards Committee.

More information on award winners, including award description and persons who the awards are named after, can be found here. Photos are not available at this time.

USTA Georgia is the largest state association in the USTA servicing over 57,000 individual members and 200 organizational members. The volunteers and staff of the USTA Georgia are committed to maintaining the organization’s leadership role within the USTA in an effort to “promote and develop the growth of tennis” throughout the state. For more information call (404) 256-9543 or www.ustageorgia.com.


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