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Nothaft Selected as Fields Scholarship Winner

January 18, 2013 11:52 AM

Delaney Nothaft, a 14-year old USTA Southwest junior player from Tempe, Ariz. was recently selected as the Southwest Tennis Foundation's Sam Fields Scholarship award winner


The scholarship was created in early 2011 to honor Sam Fields, a longtime USTA Southwest volunteer and official, who held a soft spot for our juniors and fair play. Fields passed away after a battle with cancer in late 2010.


Two $1,000 awards will be given out each year in his name, with Nothaft being the second recipient for the 2012 scholarship cycle.


Nothaft, the top-ranked player in the USTA Southwest Girls' 14s rankings, and is currently ranked No. 27 in the country prior to year-end ratings for 2012 being released. She recently reached the semifinals of the Girls' 14s singles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Scottsdale, one of the nation's top junior events.  

Nothaft was recently presented her $1,000 check by Southwest Tennis Foundation president Sally Grabham, along with her personal coach Nick Blackwood of the Pavel-Blackwood Tennis Academy. (picture below)




About the Sam Fields Junior Scholarship 

Potential applicants for the Sam Fields Scholarship are requested to submit the online application prior to the yearly deadlines of May 1 and Dec 1 to be considered.


The Fields Scholarship was created to encourage young players to pursue their tennis goals and dreams by succeeding on and off the court and to help provide financial support to achieve those goals. The scholarship is open to competitive USTA Southwest junior players participating in USTA sanctioned tournaments who want to join a tennis academy program of their choice to improve their tennis skills.


Other criteria included for consideration of the scholarship is USTA membership, the demonstration of true sportsmanship by being a fair and generous winner and graceful loser as well as active participation in extracurricular activities and community service. 

To learn more about the Southwest Tennis Foundation, visit www.southwest.usta.com/swtf.