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A Sedona tennis instructor has been recognized by the Southwest Professional Tennis Association for giving back to the community.

Sedona Tennis teaching professional Larry Lineberry, right, stands with Southwest Professional Tennis Association Executive Director Jack Michalko after Lineberry received the 2012 SWPTA Star Award during the SWPTA awards banquet, Jan. 26, at the Phoenix Country Club. Lineberry received the award based on his contributions to the community, including raising $30,000 and affiliating himself with Fit Kids of Arizona to start an age  10 and younger tennis program in the Verde Valley and Flagstaff that has given over 1,500 children in Northern Arizona affordable, professional tennis instruction.Larry Lineberry, a U.S. Professional Tennis Association master professional, was given the 2012 SWPTA Star Award during the SWPTA awards banquet on Jan. 26, at the Phoenix Country Club.

Recipients of the USPTA Star Award are members of whose commitments to grassroots tennis have made impressions on their communities.

Through their tennis teaching and volunteering, these members have increased the opportunities for others to participate in tennis. They exemplify and emphasize individual achievement and sportsmanship, along with teaching the physical attributes of the sport.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Feb. 20, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.