Serving Up Time, Talent & Treasure: Trish Faulkner
The USTA Florida Section Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with a wealth of experience, tremendous passion for sharing the love of tennis, and a big heart for helping people across the state. Get to know them a little better and learn what moves them to dedicate their time, talents and financial support to changing lives within Florida.
Who: Trish Faulkner
Incoming Board Position: Director
What drew you to continue your time as a USTA Florida Foundation board member?
This is my first term on the Foundation Board. I have held the position as the USPTA Liaison to the National USTA Foundation and I have worked closely with USTA Florida on many programs during my years here in Florida. I worked closely with USTA Florida while I was on the USPTA Florida Board and when I was President of USPTA Florida. So, it just seemed like the next step to be able to stay involved and give back to Florida tennis.
Who has inspired you in your life?
My parents were both hard working and incredibly supportive of everything I wanted to try. Ellen Merlo from Philip Morris who spoke up for women’s tennis during her reign as a Director of Virginia Slims. Billie Jean King for her strength and love of women’s tennis. My brother who is the kindest and warmest human being. Chuck Gill for his knowledge of tennis and his passion to promote the game and for being the benchmark for how to run a major facility with grace, humility, and compassion.
What about USTA Florida Foundation’s mission and work really motivates you?
Tennis has given me so much and I want to do everything I can to make sure I give back as much as I can to the sport. I want everyone to be able to afford to learn and play tennis. I believe the Foundation through grants and the USTA volunteers will help in making the sport available to all diverse communities.
What do you want to accomplish in your next two years on the Foundation Board of Directors?
I want to make a difference and promote the Foundation to all tennis enthusiasts. I believe we have untapped monies from the regular daily tennis players. They see the US Open and the big prize money and the normal tennis consumers do not stop and think how it all happens. We need to educate the tennis playing public and have them understand that even $20 can make a difference when combined with other donations.
If you had one extra hour of free time in a day how would you use it?
Walking on the beach.
Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button on your life?
I wish I could go back and extend my tournament playing days and be more committed to my tennis career. Who knew it was going to be one of the best sports for women – both in recognition of talent and financially?
If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why?
I would want to go back to Australia. I wish it were closer and not such a long flight. It is a wonderful country, and all my family are there. Even though I lived there for 19 years I still want to see more of the country. The people are very friendly, and they all have a great sense of humor.
Would you rather be without internet for a week or without your phone?
I can do without the internet if I had to choose.