BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Gopher Men's Tennis rookie Jackson Allen and his family have been selected as the United States Tennis Association Northern Section’s 2017 Family of the Year. The award is given to the family that has been outstanding in promoting tennis both on and off the court. The Allens were honored with 11 other winners at the USTA Northern Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet November 17 at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minn.
Allen posted an impressive 10-1 record in singles play and 7-4 mark in doubles during his debut fall season donning the Maroon & Gold. He won the Minnesota Class AA Singles title (2016) and was a multiple-time USTA Northern Section champion. He was a member of the 2017 USTA National Leadership Team. He also teaches lessons with the Shakopee Tennis Association and works with the USTA Northern Team Northern program as a mentor.
His mother, Susan is a teaching pro, coach and board member of both USTA Northern and the Shakopee Tennis Association. She has worked with people of all ages and ability levels and was a standout player at St. Cloud State. She serves as the head coach of the Shakopee High School tennis teams and is currently spearheading efforts to build an indoor tennis facility in Shakopee.
His father, Erik was a star basketball player at Gustavus Adophus and is an active tennis parent and supporter of the Shakopee Tennis Association.
His brother Brooks used to play tennis at Shakopee High School and has played Junior Team Tennis with the Shakopee Tennis Association, but now is focusing on basketball and plays for Shakopee High School, while his sister Lily is ranked in the Top 40 of the Section in Girls 12s and plays Junior Team Tennis.
“The Allen Family has dedicated so much time to the sport of tennis both on and off the court,” nominator Kevin Hamlin said. “They put faith, family and the game first and are great role models for all those they come in contact with.”
USTA Northern, based in Bloomington, Minn., is one of 17 Sections that make up the United States Tennis Association - the national governing body for the sport of tennis - and covers Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Northwestern Wisconsin. It is a 501 (c)(3) organization. It invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grassroots to the professional levels. For more information on USTA Northern, visit www.usta.com/northern.
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