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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 22, 2020) – At halftime of the North Central High School boy’s basketball game tonight, Barbara Wynne was honored for more than 65 years of service to the sport of tennis and for her dedication, leadership, and commitment to the tennis program at North Central. In a halftime ceremony, Wynne was presented with a North Central letter and jacket, bearing the title “Dr. of Tennis.”
A legend in the Indianapolis tennis community, Barbara Wynne began teaching neighborhood children’s tennis in 1955. Within a few years she established the Washington Township Schools Community Tennis Program at North Central High School, growing the organization from 6 courts to 27. In 2003, the community tennis center located on the grounds of North Central High School was finished and named in her honor.
Along with Arthur Ashe, Wynne founded the Indianapolis chapter of the National Junior Tennis League program. The International Tennis Federation awarded her the Educational Merit award, and in 2001 Wynne received the International Tennis Federation’s Service Award.
Today, you can visit a bronze statue of Wynne wearing a top hat and holding a tennis racket at the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Washington Township and North Central High School thanks Barbara Wynne for her years of dedication, commitment, and service to the student athletes in Washington Township.