WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 6, 2019 - The USTA today announced that Cherrial Odell of Las Vegas and Stevie Gould of Corte Madera, Calif., were named the winners of the 2019 USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award. The two were honored at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 2.

Odell, 17, is an active and dedicated member of the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, a Las Vegas-area NJTL chapter. She has won countless sportsmanship, athletic and humanitarian awards, including the prestigious Horatio Algiers Association Scholarship and was selected to be a Quest Bridge Scholar, and recently was offered a scholarship to attend Stanford University. Odell credits tennis and her NJTL for saving her life after a rough upbringing and has become a public speaker and mental health advocate, using her struggles to inspire others.

Her national tennis results, academic excellence and sportsmanship has earned her the role as captain of Team Bryan, a USTA Foundation NJTL Excellence Team led by the Bryan Brothers, the most decorated doubles team in the history of tennis. To help others, she created the "Little Bryans" tennis and mentoring program through her NJTL where she teaches and mentors close to 45 children weekly. Just recently, Odell created the No Quit podcast to help bring the lessons she learned at her NJTL to other teenagers.


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