FRANK ADAMS, REGIONAL LEGEND



Frank Adams was the first African American President of the Colorado Tennis Association, and Intermountain Tennis Association USTA Section, leading the way for future Black Colorado and sectional leaders.  As Chair of the Colorado and ITA Minority Partiipation Committee, Frank recruited and mentored Blacks to volunteer on USTA committees. The current President of the CTA is African American and the current Vice President (next President) of the ITA is African American. This took hard work, courage and perseverance by Frank.  He has run Player Development programs such as Star Search in underserved communities for over 20 years.  These lessons are given at a minimum fee or for free.  Most of the kids are Black, Hispanic or Asian.


Twenty-five years ago, Frank was one of the leaders to introduce Black tennis and teaching programs for Black children at Denver City Park.  He has taught (reduced costs or free and on Frank's days off from work) children's tennis at City Park for over 20 years.  Taught many Black junior players.  His student, Jessika Mozia, became the first Black player to win the Colorado High School State number 1 Singles Championship in 2010. She won again in 2012.  Jessika played tennis on scholarship for the University of Minnesota. 

 

Frank learned to play tennis in an NJTL program in Philadelphia.  He was a microbiologist in the Air Force, and then in private industry, but felt that teaching tennis was his true calling.  Frank has dedicated his life to teaching and growing tennis.  He volunteers more than any person I know to benefit childtren and adults in undersrved communities.  Frank is on the court teaching seven days each week.  He has taught thousands of students, and hundereds of instructors to trach tennis through USPTR programs.  Frank has run free tennis clinics year after year to raise to raise money for Asian tennis, Black tennis Special Olympics, cancer research and more.  He is also nationally known as a wheelchair tennis instructor, traveling outside of Colorado to teach people how to teach wheelchair players.  Twenty years ago, he opened, designed all the tennis programs, and became the head pro at the Highlands Ranch Community Association Club, a recreation center with six indoor and ten outdoor courts.  

 

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS REGISTRY CERTIFICATIONS

  • 10 and Under
  • Junior Development
  • Adult Development
  • Colorado State Representative

 

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS REGISTRY TESTER (TRAIN AND TEST COACHES)

  • 10 and Under
  • Ages 11-17
  • Adult Development


UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION TEACHING FACULTY

  • 10 and Under Workshops
  • Recreational Coaches Workshops


OPAF

  • Wheelchair Tennis Train The Trainers Workshops

 

AWARDS

  • 1994 Colorado Tennis Association Arthur Ashe Award
  • 1999 Colorado Tennis Association Volunteer of the Year Award
  • 2000 Intermountain Minority Coaches Workshop's Arthur Ashe Award
  • 2000 ITA Jan Dowse Award
  • 2002 & 2004 Professional Registry Colorado Member of the Year
  • 2004 and 2005 Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation Coach of the Year
  • 2007 ITA Barb Clark Multicultural Community Service Award
  • 2008 & 2015 PTR/USTA Community Service Award
  • 2014 Intermountain Youth Tennis Ambassador Award
  • 2016 Citation from the City of Philadelphia Council for Service to Humanity
  • 2017 Professional Tennis Registry Professional of the Year

Denver Asian Tennis League Hall of Fame

 

EXPERIENCE

USTA National

2012 - 2016 Nominating Committee

2008-2012 Adaptive Tennis Committee Vice-Chair

2004-2008 Technical Committee

2002 - 2004 Tennis Innovation Committee

1998 - 2002 Multicultural Partiipation Committee Sectiional Representative

1996 - 1998 USA 1 2 3 Committee

 

USTA/Intermountain

2010 - 2012 Section Delegate

2008 - 2010 Section President

2006 - 2008 Section Vice President 

2004 - 2006 Treasurer

1997 - 2000 Minority Participation Committee Chair

2002 - Present Intermountain Zonal Team Coach

 

USTA/Colorado

2000 - President

1998 - 2000 Vice President

1996 - 1998 Secretary/Treasurer

1992 - Present Diversity and Inclusion Committee 

 

VOLUNTEER

  • USTA Colorado, USTA Intermountain and USTA National
  • USPTA Teacher and Tester
  • Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation
  • Star Search
  • Urban Tennis
  • City Park Tennis
  • Wheelchair Tennis Instructor - National Expert
  • Special Olympics Coach 
  • Coach-Intermountain Zonals
  • USTA Coach



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