Andrea Norman Honored with 2017 Barbara Williams Leadership and Service Award
Bakersfield native Andrea Norman was presented with the 2017 Barbara Williams Leadership and Service Award in New York, N.Y., during the USTA Semiannual Meeting, in conjunction with the US Open.
This award is presented to a female USTA member who, “through her volunteer service has shown leadership abilities and been a source of inspiration and encouragement to others to become volunteers and assume active leadership roles in the USTA.” Andrea Norman has lead by example and has mentored many to become volunteers within the USTA. She is a tireless volunteer whose contributions have been many and will be a part of the USTA for years to come.
Andrea has been drawn to tennis since she was about 8 years old. Her parents participated in clinics and played weekly with friends. Andrea’s parents got involved in their community by being a part of the local Tennis Patrons organization (the equivalent of a CTA today). Her mother was one of the first USTA officials certified in Bakersfield and officiated at the Virginia Slims tournaments and eventually at the US Open. Her father became president of the Bakersfield Racquet Club and served on the Stockdale Country Club Board. He was the Tournament Director for the annual Kern County Championships that grew so popular during his tenure that the event split into separate events. Andrea once said “I want to run tournaments just like my dad did.”
Andrea picked up tennis and later took clinics, played in tournaments, and was the MVP of her West High School Vikings tennis team. She put tennis aside when she went to college, started working, got married, and lived overseas. The family moved back to the US from Japan in 1993. Her husband, Dave, encouraged her to play tennis again to stay active and mentally sane while he was away. So they joined the Almaden Valley Athletic Club which was hosting the Girls’ 18 National Championships at the time. She was asked to volunteer for the Girls’ National Championships for the next year.
After she volunteered, Andrea became a leader on the AVAC Tennis Committee, organizing tournaments, and later became the Nationals Tournament Director at AVAC. Her experience lead her to volunteer with the USTA and then for Northern California. Junior tennis was her first love, but an early opportunity led her to take advantage of her paralegal skills she acquired in her day job by joining the National Constitutional and Rules Committee in 2001.
During the Girls’ 18 Nationals at AVAC, it became apparent to Andrea and her doubles partner, Jennifer Pitzen, that the tournament needed additional structure. Thus was born the non-profit National Tennis Championship Foundation which is run by both Jennifer and Andrea. The Foundation gives to programs and other charities where sports are fundamental to the growth of youth. This Foundation was the role model for the establishment of the Berkeley Tennis Club Foundation.
Congratulations to Andrea on receiving the 2017 Barbara Williams Leadership and Service Award!