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Barbara Smith Wynne

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Barbara S. Wynne
BornBarbara Smith
Alma materNorthwestern University, Class of 1955
Spouse(s)John Wynne
ChildrenThomas Wynne
Robert Wynne
Gregory Wynne
Mary Wynne Cox
John Wynne II
Richard Wynne

Barbara S. Wynne was born on INTRO stuff

Early life[edit | edit source]

Career[edit | edit source]

Barbara Wynne started the youth tennis program in Indianapolis in 1969. She began offering public tennis lessons for 100 children in Riverside Park. According to the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, "Youth tennis programs have enjoyed great support in Indianapolis over the past 25 years. In 1969 Barbara Wynne began offering public tennis lessons for 100 children in Riverside Park. Her classes developed into the city's two largest youth tennis programs, with the Riverside Park program growing to 500 participants when the National Junior Tennis League took it over in 1973. By 1980 the NJTL was offering free tennis lessons to 2,500 Indianapolis youths at 20 different sites. In 1993 the organization servers over 3,000 participants at 24 different sites. In 1973 Wynne moved to North Central and started the Washington Township Schools Community Tennis Program. Over the past 20 years her program, with 1,000 players in 1993, has produced some of the best players int he state and contributed greatly to North Central's success."[1]


Barbara Wynne founded the Indianapolis chapter of the National Junior Tennis League in 1973. She has been a member of the Board of Directors ever since.[3]

Barbara founded and serves as president of the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund to help grow tennis in the grater Indianapolis area.

Barbara Wynne is an NJTL Committee Honorary Chair and the originator of the Arthur Ashe essay Contest.[4]. In 1990, she originated and was chairperson of the first Arthur Ashe Essay Content.[5]

Barbara Wynne of Indianapolis, Indiana, and John Powless of Madison, Wisconsin, were inducted into the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 2, 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[6]

More than 50,000 youths have taken part in tennis programs established by Barbara Wynne.

In 2018, Barbara Wynne became the Tennis Sports Legend at the Sports Legend Experience at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She is honored with a bronze statue and 6 tennis courts. [7]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

BB is on the Board of Directors for the Care For Kids Foundation. She is the Community Relations director.[8]

Awards[edit | edit source]

1977 Stan Malless Award[9]

1980 Eve Kraft Community Service Award[10]

1984 Tennis Educational Merit Award – International Tennis Hall of Fame[11]

1988 Touchstone Award Honoree[12]

1990 USTA Service Bowl Award[13]

1992 Inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame[14]

2000 Inducted into the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame[15]

2001 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award[16]

2001 Service to Tennis Award – International Tennis Federation

2008 Outstanding Alumna – Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy[17]

2008 USTA Volunteer Service Award for 25 years of national service[18]

2011 Founders' Service Award[19]

2011 Inducted into the Clayton Family Circle of Honor[20]

2016 Indiana University Presidents Circle Laurel Pin[21]

2017 USTA NJTL Founders’ Service Award, April 3, 2017[22] [23]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bodenhamer, David; Barrows, Robert (Nov 22, 1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 1329. ISBN 0253112494. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. "NJTL History". Indy NGTL. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. "NJTL of Indianapolis FAQ". NJTL of Indianapolis. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. "USTA/NJTL Launches National Arthur Ashe Essay Contest". Racquet Sports Mag.
  5. "NJTL Founders' Service Award – Barbara Wynne (Indianapolis, Ind.)". ManyTennis. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. "USTA Full Midwest History" (PDF). USTA. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  7. "Walk Among the Greatest All Time on The Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions". https://www.childrensmuseum.org/content/walk-among-greatest-all-time-old-national-bank-sports-legends-avenue-champions. External link in |website= (help)
  8. "Board of Directors". Care For Kids Foundation. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. "Past Winners of CITA Awards" (PDF). USTA. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  11. "Tennis Educational Merit Awards" (PDF). USTA. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  12. "1980 Touchstone Awares Honorees". girls, inc. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  13. "Barbara Williams Service Award". USTA. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  14. "The Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame". Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.
  15. "USTA Full Midwest History" (PDF). USTA. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  16. "University Honors and Awards". Indiana University.
  17. "Alumni Merit Award: Barbara Smith Wynne (SESP55)". Northwestern. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  18. "Midwest's Best Recognized at USTA Awards Ceremony". USTA Midwest Central Indiana. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  19. "2017 Annual Meeting Awards". USTA. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  20. "Bill Polian and Barbara Wynne Honored for Service to Indiana Youth". Marian University Indianapolis. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  21. "University Honors and Awards". Indiana University. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  22. "Congratulations Barbara Wynne on Your Oustanding Achievement". USTA Midwest Central Indiana. CITA USTA. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  23. "USTA NJTL Founder's Service Award". USTA.

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