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USTA Middle States 2007 Hall of Fame

USTA Middle States Hall of Fame set for Oct. 26 in Ephrata

Four of five inductees represent Central Pennsylvania

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (Oct. 3) – The United States Tennis Association Middle States Hall of Fame is slated for Friday, Oct. 26 at Doneckers Ballroom in Ephrata, Pa. The event, which celebrates exceptional achievement in and contributions to tennis, is in its 14th year. This year’s inductees exemplify the highest level of achievement in our sport. The Class of 2007 is: Howe Atwater, J. Scott Calkins, John McGrath, Charlotte Atwater Miller and Tom Sweitzer.

The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction is hosted by USTA Middle States and its fundraising arm, the USTA Middle States Tennis Patrons’ Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the development and support of junior tennis programs and activities in Middle States.

This year’s dinner is appropriately held in Central Pa., as four of the five inductees’ colorful careers were based in the area. The last time it was held in Central Pa., was in 2000 when former USTA President Judy Levering was honored. Ms. Levering will return this year as Mistress of Ceremonies. Last year, USTA Middle States held the event in Philadelphia and inducted tennis legend Billie Jean King into its Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2007

Howe Atwater developed his tennis game under the watchful guidance of his father, an excellent player himself, and thus began a family tennis dynasty in Lancaster County. In a span of thirty years, Atwater ranked in the top five in his respective age groups in Middle States and ranked in the top ten nationally three times. Atwater is one of the most positive ambassadors to the game of tennis by the way he plays, carries himself and lives his life.

Howe’s contemporary, J. Scott Calkins, has been an avid player since the age of nine; Calkins has been a formidable leader in Central Penn and Middle States tennis for over 60 years. Ranked No. 1 in Middle States twelve times, Scott Calkins also obtained top ten national rankings twice. Perhaps best known for his contribution to tennis as a tournament director, in the early 1950’s Scott promoted the Fort Hunter Tennis Championships in Harrisburg, later to become the Pennsylvania State Clay Court Championships, and built the event to be one of the most competitive in Middle States.

Another contemporary of both Howe and Scott, John McGrath played and won USTA sanctioned tournaments for over 50 years. In Middle States, McGrath held a No.1-ranking in his respective age group for close to 20 years. McGrath’s legacy will help to inspire seniors for his most memorable achievements may have occurred after age 70 when he became the top-ranked senior singles player in the world at age 70, 75 and 80.

Charlotte Atwater Miller has been ranked No.1 in every Middle States age group since she was 13. After an impressive high school career at Manheim Township and winning the USTA National Indoors 18-and-under doubles title in 1965 and becoming the 16-and-under singles finalist in 1966, Miller went on to William and Mary College and did not lose a match for 2-1/2 years. She also became a member of the U.S. Junior Wightman Cup squad, an honor reserved for the top 16 female college tennis players in the nation. Currently, Miller coaches tennis at Penn Manor High School. Miller is the daughter of fellow inductee Howe Atwater.

Tom Sweitzer, a tireless tennis promoter, has created and/or participated in tennis activities and programs which have resulted in over 7.5 million dollars being raised for charities, in addition to creating interest and publicity for tennis. A USPTA Master Professional, Sweitzer has established as an ambassador for Central Pennsylvania tennis through his direction, teaching and leadership.

For more information on the event and/or sponsorship opportunities please contact Marge McGann at (610) 935-5000 ext. 239 or Mcgann@ms.usta.com

USTA Middle States

The USTA is the official governing body for tennis in the United States. USTA Middle States, one of 17 USTA sections throughout the nation, encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey (exclusive of a 35-mile radius around New York City) and northwestern West Virginia. A not-for-profit organization, USTA Middle States, which is more than 80 years old, is primarily volunteer-driven.

For more information on USTA Middle States and its events and programs, please contact Carrie Rupp at (610) 935-5000 x222 or Rupp@ms.usta.com.