Hagberg Wins USTA/USPTA Community Service Award

Director of Gustavus' Tennis & Life Camps since 2011, Hagberg was recognized at the 2019 USPTA World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Posted on October 1st, 2019 by

Neal Hagberg (center) with USPTA leadership after receiving community service award

USPTA President Gary Trost, USTA/USPTA Community Service award winner Neal Hagberg, and USPTA Immediate Past President and USTA Board member Chuck Gill. (Photo by Gustavo Reyes, USPTA.)

LAS VEGAS – The United States Professional Tennis Association held its Awards Lunch this past Wednesday during the 2019 USPTA World Conference presented by Havana Bob’s at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Neal Hagberg of Minneapolis, Minn., was presented with the 2019 USTA/USPTA Community Service Award.

The USTA/USTPA Community Service Award winner is jointly presented by the USTA and the USTPA and recognizes a USPTA member that, over the past year, improved their community through the power of tennis. These members organize local events that bring together families and neighborhoods and invite new people to the game and foster a sense of community.

Hagberg has worked at Gustavus Adolphus College, his alma mater, since 1981. He has been the Tennis & Life Camp director since 2011. In his role, he teaches, leads music and entertainment, directs counseling and leads the “life” portion of TLC. Hagberg uses tennis and music – he and his wife Leandra are an accomplished singer/songwriter duo – to inspire, motivate and develop leadership skills in his students. He is a USPTA Elite Professional and has been a member for seven years.

– release courtesy of the USPTA

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  1. Barbara Wilkinson says:

    Congratulations, Neal! You are a great director of Tennis and Life Camps and uphold its mission with all your heart and soul.

  2. Lynn says:

    Congratulations,I can’t think of anyone more deserving then you to receive such a wonderful award.You are truly an amazing inspiration and wonderful person.You have been there for me when I’ve gone through some very tuff times in my life and I’ve learned alot working with TLC.I look forward to many more years working with you and your wonderful staff.

  3. Gregory Mason says:

    Congratulations, Neal. This is a well deserved recognition of your many accomplished contributions, and your big heart!
    Best wishes to you and Leandra.
    Greg Mason (GAC Emeritus, 2008)