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Classically Carolina junior tennis event named best in state

Posted: December 15, 2015 11:50 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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KEVIN JACKSON (far right), director of the Classically Carolina Junior Tennis Tournament, accepts the USTA South Carolina Jim Russell Award from Franny Russell, daughter of the late Jim Russell, and USTA South Carolina Immediate Past President Cam Littlejohn.

The Classically Carolina Junior Championships, which were held in Camden in May, received the Jim Russell Junior Tournament of the Year.

The award was presented to tournament director Kevin Jackson, Director of Tennis and Aquatics at Camden Country Club at the United State Tennis Association South Carolina winter meeting in Charleston on Dec. 5. 

Jackson has a track record of excellence when running junior and adult USTA sanctioned tournaments and previously won the 2011 State of Mississippi tournament of the year. Camden’s tournament was collaboration between the City of Camden, Kershaw County School District, Kershaw County Recreation Department, Camden Country Club and many local businesses.  

The championship attracted 125 junior players and received positive feedback from participants and parents.

This award is named after Jim Russell, who was the referee of the state junior qualifying tournament, the Palmetto Championships, in Belton for 36 years before he passed away unexpectedly in 2012. Throughout the years, Russell also refereed numerous junior, adult and collegiate tournaments and events. He also was a past president of USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern and served a two-year term on the USTA Board of Directors.


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