The Tennis Industry Association presented the inaugural Tennis Media Award to Chuck McGill, the sports editor for the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, during the 55th Annual Awards Weekend of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, held in Salisbury, N.C., June 7-9. The TIA also held a Cardio Tennis “Triples” Tournament for NSSA members on the clay courts of the Country Club of Salisbury, led by Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause.
McGill’s winning entry was about Tera Winfree of Campbell’s Creek, W.Va., who underwent a double lung transplant in 2009 and is now back to playing tennis and tennis tournaments. “Chuck’s inspirational story captured the best aspects of recreational tennis,” said the TIA’s Peter Francesconi, who presented the Tennis Media Award. McGill, who is a recreational tennis player himself and a two-time NSSA West Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, received a cash award and travel expenses to the NSSA Awards Weekend.
In addition, the TIA honored four other NSSA members for their entries in the Tennis Media Award contest with cash awards: First runner-up Doug Robson of USA Today, and Honorable Mentions Jane Havsy of the Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.); Blair Henley of the website TennisNow; and Scott Fowler of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
The TIA plans to continue the Tennis Media Award in conjunction with NSSA members. The award focuses on recreational tennis stories, to continue to encourage more people to get out and play. Details on the 2015 contest will be available in September.
“Congratulations to Chuck and all the winners for helping to spread the word about tennis and its benefits,” said TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “We’re very pleased to see these wonderful stories about how tennis touches and improves lives in all ways, and we’re looking forward to continued collaboration with the NSSA and its members.”
“We’re excited about our winners for this inaugural award and we’re pleased that the TIA has offered this annual award opportunity to NSSA-member sportswriters and sportscasters,” said NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren. “This is a great addition to our annual NSSA Awards Weekend.”
About the NSSA
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association consists of more than 1,000 leading sportscasters and sportswriters from around the United States. More than 90 sports media legends have been inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame, which began in 1962 with the induction of Grantland Rice. The NSSA is the largest and oldest professional organization in the U.S. dedicated to the crafts of sportscasting and sportswriting and is the point organization for AIPS.
About the TIA
The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of tennis by working closely with the U.S. Tennis Association and industry partners to develop and implement initiatives to increase tennis participation and improve the health of industry businesses. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, in addition to Grow the Game Initiatives such as PlayTennis.com, 10 and Under Tennis, the GrowingTennis System™, Tennis Welcome Centers, Cardio Tennis, Careers in Tennis and Tennis Tune-Up Campaign. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.