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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2002

USTA in Hawai'i hires new director of recreation

Advertiser Staff

The U.S. Tennis Association Hawai'i Pacific Section has hired Arnold Yuen as part-time Director of Recreation.

"Arnold brings a wealth of tennis experience to the Hawai'i Pacific Section," said Ron Romano, USTA/HPS Executive Director. "He has been a USPTA/USPTR teaching professional many years and is well-respected in the tennis community."

In his new position, Yuen will focus on building USA Schools programs. In 2003, his time will be split between O'ahu and the Neighbor Islands setting up school and college programs.

Before joining the section staff, Yuen spent 29 years with the Hawai'i Fire Department. He recently retired from the Federal Fire Department in Pearl Harbor, where he was assistant chief in the Training Division.

Since 1988, Yuen has been an independent tennis instructor providing private, group and team coaching. Yuen is no stranger to USA Tennis Programs. For the past several years, he has served as a volunteer instructor for programs throughout Hawai'i. In 2000, he developed and coordinated Hawai'i's first Rallyball League.

Shirlee Yoda has been hired as a part-time Administrative Assistant.

• Agassi joins up: Andre Agassi, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, is joining the new Tennis Channel in several capacities, including promotion of the channel to consumers as well as the cable and satellite community.

Under terms of the agreement, Agassi will be a frequent spokes-man and make an equity investment in The Tennis Channel, the first 24-hour, all-tennis cable network. It is scheduled to launch by the end of the year.