TRIBUTE AWARD

TRIBUTE AWARD

VOTE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL/ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR!

The 2017 YellowTennisBall.com Tribute Award nominees consist of individuals and organizations who have shown a passion and dedication for supporting the growth of tennis and community outreach in South Florida, and have gone above and beyond in dedicating their time to the sport.  We congratulate all of this year’s nominees, and are proud to associate ourselves with each of them.

GRAND PRIZE – PLEASE VOTE BELOW. The individual/organization that receives the most votes will be interviewed on national television in over 32 million homes via Tennis Channel. Voting ends February 10th, 2017. All finalists will be presented an award on Stadium Court during the 2017 Delray Beach Open.

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JIM MARTZ

Jim Martz, Editor/Owner of Florida Tennis Magazine. The magazine was launched in 1992 by Jim Martz, dean of tennis writers in Florida and a vice president of the U.S. Tennis Writers Association. Previously he was the Miami Herald’s tennis writer for 18 years and contributed to several national international publications.  He edited the book “50 Love, Advantage Florida,” which chronicles the first 50 years of USTA Florida. He also was co-author of renowned tennis coach Rick Macci’s book “Macci Magic, Extracting Greatness From Yourself and Others” and authored “Safe Tennis” and he has written four books on University of Miami football and one on University of Miami baseball.

Florida Tennis, which serves as The Voice of Tennis in Florida, has received the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Media Excellence Award.

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DR. JIM RIORDAN

Dr. Jim Riordan initiated the MBA Sport Management program at Florida Atlantic University on July 1st, 2000. FAU’s Sport Management program has been in the top 10 in the World and U.S. rankings for the past 4 years. They are currently #3 in both the World and U.S. rankings for 2016 (SportBusiness International). The Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, University of Miami, Florida Panthers, Radford University, Boston Bruins, Global-Spectrum,  Jacksonville University, Florida Marlins, USOC, Toronto Maple Leafs, the LPGA, Conference-USA South Florida PGA, the ACC, and Iowa State University are just some of the organizations that have hired FAU MBASport students under his watch.

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KEN RUBIN

In the Delray Beach area, Financial Services Industry since 1978. On the Board of Directors as an executive officer of the South County Mental Health Center and the South County Foundation for Mental Health southcountymental.org, (1982-present). Former Trustee of the Delray Beach Police and Fire Pension Fund. Head Coach: Atlantic High School Boys and Girls Tennis (10 years). Davis Cup committee member. A member of the first class of Leadership Palm Beach County that graduated in 1985. Served on boards like the Delray Beach Tennis Patrons, Delray Beach Tennis Center. Helped sponsor the 4 Haitian players that were evacuated here from the big earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Pierre Brimaire was one of them. Foundation donor to the #4 U.S. ranked Broward College Women’s Tennis program. Volunteer at the Delray Beach Open. Presenting sponsor of the annually sold-out event, Delray Beach Open Mixed Doubles MEGA-Mixer.

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PAUL VAN DER GRIFT

Prior to his active endeavors in tennis, Paul’s career centered on acting and documentary film making. He has a Bachelors degree in International Affairs, with a minor in Social Work from Florida State University. He graduated in 1990, with honors, from New York University’s Film Intensive Program. Since then he has produced, directed, and written numerous projects, working with such historical figures as Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Dr. Maya Angelou, Althea Gibson and Billie Jean King. His social work experience includes work in eldercare, grief and crisis counseling. Paul is certified by the Enneagram Worldwide, Professional Training Program as an Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition. Paul is President of the Palm Beach Area Tennis Patrons, Chairman of the Board at First Serve PAL, a Director of the Palm Beach Civic Association and a Director of The Northeast Harbor Golf Club. At First Serve PAL, Paul spearheads a not-for-profit organization that uses the game of tennis to positively impact the lives of at-risk youth by providing tennis instruction, educational programs and mentoring. The program brings together local law enforcement and college student-athletes to inspire and empower children in the program by promoting character development and life-enhancing values in a safe and nurturing environment. The impact of “Coach Paul’s” program can be seen from Delray Beach to Belle Glade…Paul lives with his wife Joan in Palm Beach, Florida. They have three adult children, Frederic (Fritz), Miriam (Mimi), and Alexis.

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WOO CREATIVE

Blending old school fundamentals with new school thinking @Woo Creative– A tight-knit team of strategists, creatives and technologists devoted to a culture that cultivates and work that works. “Our clients greet us with hugs instead of handshakes” says Ryan Boylston, owner and CEO, “The relationships we build are important to us. We’re not just your advertising firm and you’re not just our client.” Delray Beach Open can attest to Woo’s diverse abilities connecting for a central purpose as Ryan’s team was tasked with rebranding the tournament’s marketed image in 2014 and has since further refined the DBO brand while growing its strength across all platforms of traditional and progressive marketing practices. Woo Creative is the best of London, New York and Tokyo in our own backyard and we’re thankful for their passion, execution and partnership with tennis at Delray Beach Open.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 2017 FINALISTS!

CAST YOUR VOTE, VOTING ENDS FEBRUARY 10th!

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