Kristi Kent, Communications Director
ROME, GA. — Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is pleased to announce the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Georgia honored The Rome Sports Commission and Coosa Valley Tennis Association (CVTA) with the Wheelchair Tournament of the Year Award for Clocktower Classic.
The USTA hosted the annual 2014 awards during the USTA Georgia Community Tennis Development Workshop at the Atlanta Perimeter Marriott Hotel on January 31, 2015. Recipients for the 2014 awards were recognized for outstanding achievements in tennis both on and off the court. Twenty-seven categories of winners were honored.
Selected winners were nominated as candidates by players and volunteers. The winners were then selected from among the nominees by volunteer members of the Awards Committee.
Ann Hortman, Director of the Rome Sports Commission praises the partnerships that made the event so successful: “The Rome Sports Commission and the CVTA worked closely with tournament director, David Araiza to plan details and offer coordinated, top notch services for all the athletes and visitors. Events such as this one help pave the way for attracting more adaptive sports tournaments to Rome.”
The Clocktower Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament surpassed expectations in its inaugural year. Twenty-nine athletes participated in the tournament; which was twice the participation expected. Community partners rolled out the red carpet for athletes with sponsored meals, gift bags, and an evening excursion to a Rome Braves game. CVTA members served as volunteers on and off the court ensuring each athlete received personal attention. Additionally, a Saturday afternoon clinic was held for local youth interested in trying wheelchair tennis. The Wheelchair Tournament of the Year Award is presented to a USTA sanctioned tournament that exceeds expectations with regards to tournament organization, play, hospitality and facility amenities.
Plans are already underway for 2015 Clocktower Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament to be held August 7-9 at the Rome Tennis Center.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.