Swiggart garners USPTA honor

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The United States Professional Tennis Association honored Jim Swiggart on Friday with the Intermountain Division's Facility Manager of the Year Award during a convention at the Four Points Sheraton in Denver.

Swiggart, who has acted as director of the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs since it opened in 1991, was selected from 30 facilities in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Montana for the honor. It was one of 14 awards handed out during the United States Professional Tennis Association Convention.

"I've got a great staff," Swiggart said. "They make it possible for us to win this kind of award, and I couldn't have done it without them."

Gary Horvath, the awards chairman for this year's USPTA convention, said Swiggart's dedication to promoting the sport of tennis, not only in Steamboat, but also in Colorado as a whole, was a big reason he won the award.

The consistency of the center's programs, staff and reputation also helped in the judging.

"Steamboat Springs is lucky to have someone like Jim," Horvath said. "He has been very successful at building programs and bringing high-level events that benefit the entire community. Steamboat is recognized across the country for its tennis, and people just love to come play there."

Horvath also cited the Tennis Center's expansion in 1999, its plans to renovate the facility later this year and the creation of high school tennis programs as additional factors.

Horvath said Swiggart's efforts in Steamboat Springs prove the sport can thrive.

This is the first time that Swiggart has won the Facility Manager of the Year Award from the USPTA. The Tennis Center earned the Organization of the Year award from the Colorado Tennis Association in 1993.

The latest honor means that Swiggart has been nominated for the National Facility Manager of the Year Award along with 17 other facilities across the country.

The winner of that honor will be announced in September at the USPTA World Conference in Florida.

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