AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Margaret Russo Sportswoman Award 2018
Marietta Hervatin (Mary) Boswell (1932-1918) received NSWTA’s highest honor, the Margaret Russo Sportswoman Award, given to her posthumously at the Intersectionals tournament in November. Carol Wood, a long time friend of Mary’s, accepted it for her children.
Mary was born in West Virginia and was an accomplished athlete at Fairmont State
College, lettering in tennis by playing on the men’s varsity team, as so many of that era did. She was inducted into Farimont’s Sports Hall of Fame for being the first woman to letter in one of their programs. She earned her Physical Education Master’s degree at West Virginia University, married and settled in Maryland’s Montgomery County, where her husband and she owned and operated Great Meadows Day Camp. Mary won the Russo award for her outstanding sportsmanship but she also played a great game. She rose to #1 internationally for her age group, received two Gold Slams in both singles and doubles, represented the US at the ITF Worlds for 10 years and competed successfully in the Mother/Daughters as well as the Senior Olympics. In 2012, she was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame.
Donations in her memory may be made to Fairmont State Foundation at www.fsufoundation.org for Student
USTA Florida Merit Award
Carol Clay was awarded the USTA Florida Merit Award, recognizing a person who through their efforts, willingness, cooperation and participation is most deserving of the respect and honor of all volunteers. Over time, their contributions to amateur tennis in Florida, either in play or organizational work, have made a significant impact.
Slew Hester Female Player of the Year
Jan Kirkland-Cochran of Fayetteville, GA. was named the Slew Hester Female Player of the Year by the USTA Southern section. Given in memory of past USTA Southern Section President William E. “Slew” Hester, this award is presented annually to a ranked female (and male) adult or senior player in the USTA Southern Section in recognition of their outstanding tennis performance.
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame: Shula Feuer
Shula Feuer was inducted as a Trailblazer into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame June 9 in Nashville, TV. The Women’s Basketball League was the precursor to the current Women’s National Basketball Association. Shula was always a champion for girls’ and women’s sports. After her two years as head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Miami, she returned to her hometown in NY, and found herself getting involved with both the WBL league and the NY Stars franchise of the WBL. While working for the NY Stars, Shula wore two hats, she worked in the front office as a Director of Marketing and Promotions, and also as an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Dean Meminger. Not to be outdone, Shula’s State Championship volleyball team that she developed from basically nothing was just inducted into their H.S. Hall of Fame. She retired as a State Championship coach.
North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame: Burnette Herrick
Burnette Herrick (Bea) of Tarboro, NC, will be inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Burnette began playing tennis at the age of 17 while attending East Carolina Teacher’s College (now East Carolina University). Burnette continued to play as she moved from Greenville to Chicago to New York City. During the early 1970’s, Burnette played in five events on the Virginia Slims Circuit, placing her in a pivotal time for women’s tennis. While Burnette jokingly confesses she lost to everyone on the Virginia Slims Circuit, including Billie Jean King, her amateur career has been nothing short of extraordinary.
At this writing, Burnette has won 16 USTA National Championships in her age group, claiming titles on multiple surfaces in both singles and doubles. Burnette also has 29 second place finishes and 21 third place finishes, making her the most decorated North Carolinian in USTA Championship play. She is still playing today so that total could increase!
As a member of Team USA, Burnette has won three International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Championships. Burnette has been selected to compete as a member of the USA ITF Super Seniors Team every year since 2010. Burnette has participated in tournaments in Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Great Britain, Turkey, and all across the United States and has won numerous awards. She is an ardent ambassador for tennis and what tennis can do for each of us.