Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Berkeley County native leads ATA
Franklyn Scott, DDS, a Berkeley County native, currently serves as the 2011 -2012 President of the American Tennis Association.
The ATA was formed in 1916 by a group of African American businessmen, college professors and physicians, and has become the Mecca for African Americans -from all walks of life - who yearn to enjoy the camaraderie and competition offered by a sport for youngsters from age 8 to 80.
Since its inception, the ATA, which is the oldest African American sports organization in the United States, has honored the founding fathers primary objectives: bring black tennis enthusiasts and players into close and friendly relations; improve the standards of existing clubs; hold an annual national championship tournament; regulate the dates of local and regional tournaments; avoid conflicts; to appoint referees and officials for each event; and promote the standard of the game among black players.
The organization held its first ATA National Championships, consisting of three events (men's and women's singles and men's doubles), at Baltimore's Druid Hill Park in August 1917.
The ATA has produced several of the world's top players and coaches. Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the first African Americans to be ranked No. 1 and to win Grand Slam titles, were sponsored and groomed by ATA officials and coaches. ATA coaches Willis Thomas and John Wilkerson developed several top pros, including (No. 4) Zina Garrison, (No. 9) Lori McNeil, (No. 56) Rodney Harmon and (No. 67) Katrina Adams.
MaliVai Washington, Leslie Allen, Camille Benjamin, Chip Hooper, Renee Blount, Marcell Freeman, Bruce Foxworth and Juan Farrow are among other former ATA players who received computer rankings on the men's and women's pro circuits.
Dr. Scott is a past president of the historical Philadelphia Tennis Club, which holds distinction of being the oldest African American owned tennis club in the United States.
He is committed to promoting tennis as a life long sport by sponsoring tennis programs for all ages. With a wealth of organizational experience, Dr. Scott continues to work in leadership positions to support its goal and ideals in a wide range of organizations. We are pleased to acknowledge the accomplishment of this native son, who serves as a positive role model for all Americans and a Black History Point of Light.
Eadie-Adams receives Coretta Scott King Award
Adrienne Eadie-Adams, a daughter of Ruth Prioleau Eadie Middleton and Samuel Middleton of Pineville, was recently honored by the South East Queens County Young Democrats with the “Coretta Scott King Award” for her outstanding civic and humanitarian contributions.
She serves her community as Education Chairperson for Community Board 12. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Day Care Center, and is an Executive Committee member of the NAACP’s Jamaica Branch.
Ms. Adams is a Summa Cum Laude Spellman College graduate, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an Early Childhood Education minor. She is a CDA Instructor, Corporate Trainer and Academic motivational speaker.
Additionally, she is an AME Evangelist, songwriter and accomplished vocalist.
Our positive role models are numerous, and it is my pleasure to present their accomplishments.
Get well wishes are being sent to Viola Middleton, Nolan Johnson, Gracie Williams, Ernestine G. Middleton, Ernestine M. Middleton, Noel Smalls, Ernestine M. Jenkins, Ruth Williams, Dr. Hattie Martin, Annie Wiggins, Annie Booker, Dorothy Williams, Melvin Wiggins, Annie Wiggins, Yvonne Singletary, Helen K. Eadie, Ruth Eadie, Samuel Middleton, Jerome Gourdine, Francis B. Newland and others that are recovering, and in need of our continuing prayers.
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