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Wyoming Tennis Association Announces New Executive Director

Laramie, WYOMING - The Wyoming Tennis Association Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Becky Blalock as its new Executive Director.  Becky will be replacing Sheri Carlisle, who is retiring after 14 years of service to the Wyoming Tennis Association (WYOTA).  The Wyoming Tennis Association, one of six districts in the USTA Intermountain Section, uses its funds to promote tennis to Wyoming players of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

"Becky's strong administrative skills and her passion for tennis made her the perfect candidate for this position," said Kathy Bummer, President of the Wyoming Tennis Association.  "We are confident that Becky's contribution will enable our District to reach our growth potential."  Former Executive Director Sheri Carlisle commented, "Becky will be a real asset to our association, and I am excited about the progress we will achieve with her at the helm."

Prior to moving to Wyoming in 1996, Becky was a Certified Public Accountant in Texas, working in both the oil and gas and construction industries. While in Texas she was very active in the community and served for two years as President of the Houston Symphony. Since moving to Laramie, Becky has been an active volunteer in local schools, cultural arts programs, and campus activities with the University of Wyoming.

"When this position was posted, I saw a great fit with my administrative background and passion for tennis," said Becky. "I've been actively promoting the game of tennis in my community by organizing leagues and clinics locally.  I'm excited about this opportunity to elevate my commitment to tennis to the state level."  Becky and her husband, Ben, reside in Laramie, Wyoming with their two teenage daughters. 

Becky began playing tennis in her early teens. Since arriving in Wyoming, she has been participating in USA League Tennis, advancing to Sectionals in 2001 and 2002. She was awarded WYOTA's Female Player of the Year in 2002. Becky's dad began her love for tennis at the age of 14.  "He even built me a court in our backyard, next to rows of sweet corn, in our Midwestern town of 500. I clearly recognize tennis as a lifetime sport and my enthusiasm for the game has never diminished."

A few of Becky's personal goals for the Wyoming Tennis Association are to increase Wyoming's USTA memberships; develop creative approaches to building relationships between WyoTA and the players, clubs, coaches and schools; effectively connect tennis players across the state through on-line communication and newsletters and to utilize resources, such as the USTA Intermountain Section, to accomplish WYOTA's Strategic Plan. Most importantly, Becky's ambition is to listen to & serve needs of Wyoming tennis enthusiasts.  Wyoming's Board of Directors and the USTA Intermountain Tennis Association are delighted to welcome Becky to the organization. 

Contact information for the Wyoming Tennis Association: Becky Blalock, Executive Director, 2638 Dover Drive, Laramie, WY 82072; Phone: 307-742-0892; e-mail: ustawytennis@aol.com; web site: wyoming.usta.com.

The USTA Intermountain Section is one of 17 sections of the USTA, the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States. The Intermountain Section, with more than 34,000 members in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, uses its funds to train and encourage tennis players of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The USTA owns and operates the US Open and selects the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A non-profit organization with more than 660,000 members, the USTA invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.  For more information, log on to Intermountain.USTA.com.