Class of 2021
JIMMIE HORACE "DOC" HORNE, PIONEER
"There's almost nobody in the Black community who played tennis who didn't learn it at least in part from Doc Horne," said Malcolm Cunningham, an attorney who has represented the Williams sisters.
TINA KARWASKY, PLAYER
She played under Dr. Walter Johnson's traveling-training program for two summers when she was 13 and 14 year old (1966-1967). This improved her ability to become a top tennis player and coach at California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) for men's and women's teams.
WILLIAM ABRAHAM WASHINGTON, CONTRIBUTOR
He served as a Coach to his six children, two daughters on the WTA Tour and two sons on the ATP Tour. Both daughters, Micheala and Mashona, reached the top 100 in singles. Both sons, MaliVai and Mashiska, were Division I tennis players. Son MaliVai was a Wimbledon finalist.
ALVIN "AL" PENELTON, CONTRIBUTOR
Penelton was influential in the USTA providing support to build state-of-the-art tennis courts in East St. Louis for area youth. "Without Alvin Penelton, there would not be new courts to introduce a new generation to tennis," said 40 Days of Nonviolence Coordinator Joe Lewis, Jr.
DR. ELIZABETH (LIZ) OKONGO ODERA, CONTRIBUTOR
Dr. Odera's contribution to the field as a Black tennis professional and sports administrator was building networks across Africa, through using sport to empower the underprivileged and building the first public tennis courts in the poorest slum in Africa. She believes passionately in breaking barriers.
FRANK ADAMS, REGIONAL LEGEND
Frank Adams was the first African American President of the Colorado Tennis Association, and Intermountain Tennis Association USTA Section, leading the way for future Black Colorado and sectional leaders.
LEONARD JOHNSON, REGIONAL LEGEND
Leonard Johnson has been involved in tennis for over 40 years; over 35 years as a Professional Tennis Instructor with United States Professional Tennis Association (USTA) Certification Pro2, and Certified USTA Tournament Official; and over 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson's Community Junior/Adult Tennis Association.
DR. JAMES B. EWERS, JR., REGIONAL LEGEND
Ewers is currently a member of USTA Louisiana and sits on the Diversity Committee. He was appointed to the USTA Southern Schools & After Schools Committee in 2019. Ewers is a life member of the NAACP and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.