2019 Board Member, Justin Stanley (Treasurer )

2018 Justin J StanleyJ started playing paddle tennis in the winter of 1971. He was introduced to paddle by his future wife’s family, who has a long paddle history. His wife’s mother, Sallie McClure, helped bring paddle to Chicago and she won numerous state titles. Her father, John Van Norden, helped start paddle tennis with such luminaries as Rawle Deland and Dick Hebard in Scarsdale, New York.

Back in the day when J started, he used wooden paddles with absolutely no grit, courts were wooden with no heaters, and the Chicago paddle league had all of eight teams. Paddle came relatively easy to him since he had played some tennis and squash in college. The joy of being outside and enjoying the camaraderie made paddle an easy sport to love. Over the years, J participated in many local and national tournaments. The most enjoyable have been with his wife (they won a couple of Illinois State Married Mixed tournaments), brother-in-law, John McClure, partner Jim McNitt, and his more mature partner, Alan Graham.

In the late 1970s, a friend, Rick Mayer, handed off the responsibility of Treasurer of the Chicago Platform Tennis Charities, a position J has held ever since. Over the years, he has spent time trying to make President (and Hall-of-Famer) Alan Graham look good on and off the court.

J is 69 years young, retired, and has been married to his wife, Sallie, since 1982. They have two fabulous daughters, Marion and Anne, who enjoy paddle as well, as do their spouses.

This will be J’s second term with the APTA Board as Treasurer, and he is looking forward to serving again with a fantastic group of enthusiasts.

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