Tony Schafer

DSA Award Winner (2005)

Tony discovered tennis in his 30's and embraced it with enthusiasm, both as a player and a volunteer. He led a committee that found a site and negotiated the financing and construction of a new 6-court facility in Milton. To raise the profile of tennis in his community, he worked with the OTA and Tennis Canada to bring the Ontario and National Junior Championship tournaments to his facility. He served as President of his club and initiated, with OTA help, a Schools Program with participation by all elementary schools in Milton that became the pilot program for the subsequent OTA Schools Program. He initiated a junior team tennis program, engaging about 100 children and volunteer adult coaches in weekly team competition.

After serving as President of the OTA Southwest Region, he served as Vice Chair of Junior Development, Vice President and then President of the OTA. Tony led the transformation of the OTA Board from the 44 member Council to a much leaner structure which exists today. As part of this transition, the first OTA Strategic Plan was written with participation by clubs, regions and other tennis stakeholders.

Between 1993 and 1999, Tony served as a Director on the Tennis Canada Board, working primarily on committees related to Player Development, the Quadrennial Plan, Council of the Provinces and a new site for the National Tennis Centre.

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