Court to be named in honor of James
At noon on Saturday, the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center will dedicate and name a prominent court in honor Ronald Avan “Ron” James, an accomplished tennis instructor, player, and a highly respected member of the Florence tennis community.
James passed away in February of 2019.
The dedication ceremony, which will follow the annual Polar Bear Tournament, will be open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Social distancing will be observed and guests are asked to wear face masks.
A Florence native, James spent 30 years as a coach and teacher in New York. In 2006, he retired and returned to Florence, where he quickly became an important member of the community. He was active in his church and a leader in the tennis community, where he was a mainstay of junior tennis, managing and conducting programs for both the Florence Tennis Association and the city’s parks and recreation department.
Moore honored posthumously
Michelle Moore, a West Florence High School teacher who was a pillar of the Florence tennis community, has been posthumously named Local League Coordinator of the Year by USTA Southern, the governing body for tennis in nine Southern states.
Moore, who passed away unexpectedly on July 29, managed the Pee Dee Adult Tennis Leagues for the Florence Tennis Association. These leagues, which are conducted throughout the year, involve dozens of recreational teams, hundreds of players, and local and state competition.
This award recognizes the exceptional skill and enthusiasm Moore put into managing league activities on a daily basis, according to a press release from the FTA.
“A member of the FTA’s Board of Directors and an avid player herself, her love of the game was apparent to everyone she met. Her administrative expertise and her extraordinary ability to work with people made her one of the tennis community’s most highly respected and best-loved leaders.”
FTA President Kevin Light describes Moore as “an amazing individual, and the perfect tennis volunteer, who took on many challenging jobs and excelled in every one of them.”
“She has been sorely missed and will continue to be,” Light added.