Hannah Camhi credits tennis with helping her develop self-confidence, optimism, and perseverance. And it is those traits–along with her outstanding grades, leadership, and match play—that earned Camhi of Woodbury, N.Y., a 2012 USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award. The award was announced at the USTA’s Semi Annual Meeting this month.
"My longtime coach told me when I started as a competitive tennis player that ‘success is a marathon not a sprint’," said Camhi, who just started her freshman year at Brown University. "I have learned that through dedication, organization, and goal setting that achievement is inevitable on and off the court."
To be considered for the award, juniors had to have a USTA national ranking in the top 100 of the Boys' or Girls' 18 and under division; have an un-weighted GPA of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale); and demonstrate sportsmanship, and leadership on and off the court.
Camhi met all of the academic and athletic requirements, and was also active in giving back to the tennis community. For three years, Camhi taught tennis at the City Parks Foundation’s Reebok Junior Tennis Academy, a free tournament training program for talented New York City juniors held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She also cofounded and directed a "Peer Mentoring Tennis Program" at the Bethpage Park Tennis Center, in which older competitive tennis players shared knowledge, skills, and friendships with younger tournament players.
In addition, Camhi was one of 27 juniors honored for their outstanding performance in section tournaments at the USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala on August 27. The juniors, in the 12 to 18 age divisions, were also provided with free grounds passes to see the best players in the world compete on Opening Day of the U.S. Open.
"Hannah has been a great representative for Eastern tennis," said Julie Bliss, director of competition and player development for USTA Eastern. "On and off the court, in individual and team events, Hannah has been a role model for young women tennis players in our section and throughout the country."