News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2014

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Members of Sports Construction Industry Honored at ASBA's Technical Meeting

ASBA’s Technical Meeting provided not only a way to recognize the winners from the association’s own awards program, but outstanding members of the industry – who also happen to be part of ASBA.

Two honorees were recognized with the Tennis Industry Magazine Champions of Tennis Awards. Those were as follows:

Tennis Court Contractor of the Year: Fred Kolkmann Tennis & Sport Surfaces, Grafton, Wisconsin

The Tennis Court Contractor of the Year is recognized not just for excellence in design and construction but in contributions to the industry. Fred Kolkmann, company owner, is a Certified Tennis Court Builder who has spoken at ASBA meetings, served on committees and performs year-round educational seminars at parks and recreation association meetings in order to educate facility managers on the proper care and maintenance techniques of tennis courts.

10 and Under Tennis Court Contractor of the Year: Fast-Dry Courts, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL

The 10 and Under Tennis Court Contractor of the Year is recognized as an advocate not just for building courts for children’s play, or modifying them with 10U lines, but for advocating the sport as a whole and making it a welcoming experience for all new players. Fast-Dry, which has more than 25 years of history, has been a strong supporter of 10U play as well as an active member of the industry.

These awards, presented each year, are part of TI’s Champions of Tennis awards, presented each year by the magazine and honoring industry members in a number of categories, including tennis facilities, coaches, teaching professionals and more. Information on all Champions awards is available from RSI Magazine.

Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Induction: Sheldon Westervelt

The tennis industry also recognized Sheldon Westervelt with membership in its Hall of Fame, noting outstanding contributions to the industry. Westervelt, who founded the American Sports Builders Association (formerly the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association) in the early 1960s, was active in the association and in the industry for decades. In addition to having served in volunteer leadership capacities for multiple associations, he has been a frequent presenter at ASBA meetings. His company’s projects have also been honored in the association’s awards programs.

The Champions of Tennis awards are published in Tennis Industry’s January issue. 

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