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Dianne Miller Courage in Tennis Award

April 11, 2007 08:27 PM

The USTA Southwest Section will honor, in those rare instances when very special circumstances warrant such an award, a person for participation in tennis activities and growing the game in distinctive ways after overcoming extraordinary life changing experiences.  

This award is named after Dianne Miller, who successfully battled Acute Liver Disease.  The situation that she dealt with would have left any normal person defeated; while she was facing death, she put as much dedication into battling her disease as she put into her tennis matches.  She received a liver transplant, was a spectator at a tennis match the first weekend she left the hospital after the procedure, and had a tennis racquet back in her hand three months later.  She went on to win a Gold Medal in the Transplant Olympic Games and competed in other such events around the world.  She became an influential role model and spokesperson for the Donors Network Association as well as continuing her passionate advocacy for the sport of tennis…in her home of Tucson and around the world. 

Do you know of someone who should receive this award?  If so click here for more information and to submit an application to USTA Central Arizona.