The National Association of Multi-Ethnicity In Communications has named United States Tennis Association (USTA) chairman of the board, CEO and president Katrina Adams as its Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award Recipient.
Adams, the first African-American and youngest person to serve as CEO of the sports organization, will receive the award during the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference Sept. 27 in New York, according to the diversity organization.
Currently in her second two-year term as the USTA’s chairman of the board, CEO and president, Adams also serves as chairman of the US Open, which this year saw four Americans - Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe and Venus Williams - in the women’s semi-finals for the first time since 1985. Stephens went on to claim her first major title as the winner of the 2017 US Open.
Under Adams’ leadership as executive director, the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program has grown from 80 young participants to more than 1,000 year-round. Adams is also a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, We Need to Talk, and she serves as a television analyst for Tennis Channel.
“Katrina M. Adams’ personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as head of the USTA and executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program, is an inspiration to us all,” said NAMIC President and CEO Eglon E. Simons in a statement. “In addition, her trailblazing work advancing the concerns of people of color – in the sports and entertainment industries – makes her the quintessential Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award honoree.”