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Ken Sumrow, Director


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Position: Director of High Point Park Tennis Center

Joined High Point: 1977

Ken has worked in the tennis industry for over 40 years, first as a high school coach and then as Director of High Point Park Tennis Center. From 1972 to 1977, he coached tennis at Plano Senior High and taught tennis through the City of Plano’s Parks and Recreation Department. In 1977, Ken contracted with the City of Plano to run the soon-to-open High Point Park Tennis Center.

He is a past president of the USPTA Texas Division and served on the board of directors for 10 years. Ken also served on the national USPTA executive committee for 4 years.

Ken has received several distinguished awards during his career, including the USPTA Texas Division Community Service Award, the Professional of the Year Award, the Texas Division Lessons for Life Award, the joint national USTA/USPTA Community Service Award, the National USPTA Lessons for Life Award, and most recently, the 2012 USPTA Industry Excellence Award. He also volunteered with the Dallas Tennis Association and received the organization’s "Pro Volunteer" and Nancy P. Jeffett "Lifetime Achievement" Awards.

Ken served on the Nominating, Junior Recreation, and Awards committees for the USTA Texas Section. In 1997, his family (wife Pam, daughters Christy and Lauren and son, Clint) was recognized as the organization’s "Family of the Year."

In 1991, he and Pam started the “Children Helping Children Junior Singles” Tournament and fundraiser benefitting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. A hallmark event, the tournament has raised over 2.9 million dollars. In 2007, they were recognized for their work by receiving the Children’s Medical Center's "Distinguished Service" Award and the following year, were honored by being listed on the Founder’s Wall at the newly built Children’s Medical Center Legacy, a branch of Children’s Medical Center.

A fellow “Children Helping Children” volunteer nominated Ken to participate as a Torchbearer in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay. After being selected, he was honored to run a leg carrying the Olympic Torch as it passed near downtown Fort Worth.

A native Texan, Ken grew up in Celeste,Texas where he played high school tennis and summer junior tournaments. He played junior college tennis at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX. Ken graduated with a B.S. with Honors in Physical Education at the University of Texas at Austin in 1972.