Growing up with a younger brother who struggled with dyslexia, Brette recognized from a young age that literacy is not something to be taken for granted. Knowing just how important literacy is for success, it broke her heart to know that others in her community often lacked the resources and support to make reading a part of their lives.
USTA Texas was up for another adaptive tennis challenge. After experiencing great success setting up a couple of “short courts” at the State Games of Special Olympics so that athletes participating in other sports could give tennis a try, creating a similar venue for the National Dwarf Games was an easy assignment. The games were held at the same venue in Arlington, Texas, that had previously hosted Special Olympics. Except tennis had never been part of the sports curriculum for the Dwarf Athletic Association of America. With the availability of modified sized equipment and courts, both associations – Dwarf and USTA Texas – thought tennis could be a good fit for this population.
Longtime supporter and former section president David Lee Hamilton passed away due to complications from cancer on June 16, 2013. Known to friends and family as “Lee,” he was president of USTA Texas from 1999-2000 and had served as the United States Tennis Association’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer since 2003.