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USTA Midwest Hall of Fame inductees represent the power of volunteerism & inclusion

Kaitlyn Verfuerth smiling on stage with her USTA Midwest Hall of Fame plaque.

On Friday, January 26, 2024, tennis enthusiasts gathered in Cincinnati, Ohio, to honor the achievements of remarkable individuals at the 2023 USTA Midwest Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The event, organized by USTA Midwest in partnership with the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation, the charitable arm of the USTA Midwest, was a resounding success. We thank our generous sponsors, donors and attendees who came to support.  

Early in the evening we enjoyed a captivating speech by Kaitlyn Verfuerth, the first Paralympian to ever be inducted into the USTA Midwest Hall of Fame. Verfuerth's contributions to wheelchair tennis as a player, coach, programmer and promoter have been both inspirational and thrilling, setting a high standard for excellence in the sport of tennis. 

Bobbie and Jim Farley posing with their USTA Midwest Hall of Fame plaque in between USTA Midwest President, Colin Atkinson (left) and USTA Midwest Hall of Fame Chair, Jonelle Smith (right).

Another highlight of the ceremony was the induction of Bobbie and Jim Farley, original founders of the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation and thus, esteemed members of the “Charter Champions”. Their journey in tennis, from the grassroots to club ownership and leadership roles at USTA, is a testament to the Farleys’ dedication and passion for tennis. At the induction ceremony, they shared heartfelt stories to a sold-out crowd. The event took place in their hometown.  


The event also featured a silent auction and a donation appeal led by the foundation’s Board President, Joy Albi, which raised more than $30k. These funds will support the foundation's mission to combine tennis with educational opportunities and improve the lives of youth and individuals with disabilities. 


The USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation extends its heartfelt gratitude to its corporate sponsors, including the Cincinnati Open, Woodley Farra Manion, Tennis for Charity and Tito's Handmade Vodka, whose generous support helped make the event a success. Their commitment to growing the game of tennis and supporting the foundation's initiatives is truly commendable. 

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