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SAP Open Announces Julie Campbell As 2006 Jim Zimmerman Memorial Ballkids Award Winner

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The SAP Open recently announced that Julie Campbell, a 16-year old from Pleasanton, has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Jim Zimmerman Memorial Ballkids Award, given annually to the top ballkid at the SAP Open Men’s professional tennis tournament held at HP Pavilion at San Jose. As the recipient of the award, Campbell has won a $2,500 stipend from the Jim Zimmerman Memorial Fund as well as the opportunity to participate as a ballkid at the U.S. Open tennis championships to be held Aug. 28 – Sept. 10 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


“Julie was selected to receive this award because of her incredible energy, attitude, professionalism, hard work – and also her desire to be a ‘peer leader’ on her team. The team from Livermore Valley Tennis Club was one of our best teams – in large part because of Julie,” said SAP Open Tournament Director Bill Rapp. “She set a new standard for ballkids at the SAP Open.”

Campbell was selected from 180 participants who worked as ballkids during the 2006 SAP Open tennis tournament held Feb. 13 – 19. Campbell became a finalist for the Zimmerman Memorial Ballkids Award when she was nominated by her team’s Head Coach, Kim Fuller. She was then evaluated on attitude, appearance, experience, ability, work ethic and enthusiasm by SAP Open Ballkids Coordinator Chuck Fowler, who ultimately selected Campbell as the winner. Campbell will be the fifth ballkid chosen for this annual award.

To be nominated for the Zimmerman Memorial Ballkids Award, nominees must be a minimum age of 16 (by January 1 prior to the SAP Open), have at least two years experience working the SAP Open and other professional tennis events, and must be available to work at least one week in New York. The nominee can be either male or female.

The award is named after Jim Zimmerman who worked as the tournament referee for the SAP Open for many years. Zimmerman, a Northern California native, served as the Tournament Referee at the SAP Open as well as the U.S. Open. On Aug. 4, 2001, after a one-year battle with brain cancer, Zimmerman passed away.

To always remember the positive impact Zimmerman had on the tournament and on the lives of many associated with the SAP Open, Rapp established the Jim Zimmerman Fund in 2001 by securing financial support (one-time donations) from other tournaments, fellow tournament directors, the ATP, the USTA (U.S. Open) and numerous line umpires and chair umpires from around the world. The Jim Zimmerman Fund provides a perpetual stipend that helps defray the costs of this trip for the selected ballkid.

The 2007 SAP Open will be played Feb. 12-18, 2007. For more information about becoming a ballkid at the 2007 SAP Open, check out the tournament’s official website at www.sapopentennis.com or contact SAP Open Ballkids Coordinator Chuck Fowler at cfowler@saratogacc.com.
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