Hall of Fame
Jon Vegosen



Jon Vegosen


During Jon’s Presidency, the USTA implemented its largest tennis initiative – Ten and Under Tennis – to “kid-size” tennis.  Jon calls tennis “The Sport of Opportunity.”  His vision has been to promote and develop the growth of people through tennis – through education and mentoring, diversity and inclusion, and making tennis affordable and accessible.  Jon oversaw two of the most successful US Opens and the unveiling of a strategic vision to revamp the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  He began a new tradition, the passing of the Continuity of Leadership Plaque from the President to the First Vice President.  He also created the US Open Sportsmanship Award and the USTA Disaster Relief Fund.  Jon has well advocated curbing the dropping of varsity college tennis programs. In 2006, Jon became a Vice President of the USTA/Midwest Section and the Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (MYTEF).  Jon served on the Junior Competition and Bylaws Committees and as Chairman of the Delegates-at-Large.  He successfully led two Section “Think Tanks.”  He has freely shared his expertise in employment law and intellectual property to benefit the Section.  Jon has played a significant role raising funds for the Section’s Hall of Fame Charity Gala to benefit MYTEF, serving as Gala Committee Chair or Honorary Chair for several years. Jon began volunteering for the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA) in 1994.  He was on the Board for over a decade, including a term as President in 2001 and 2002.  He also served on the Chicago Tennis Patrons Board.  Jon was Chair of the Junior Development Committee for several years and served a term as Chair of the Nominating Committee.  Among other things, Jon developed and implemented a strategic plan for the CDTA; wrote the Parent Guide for Competitive Junior Tennis; created a sportsmanship video; and instituted a junior mentoring program.  The Vegosen family created and has endowed the Chicago Tennis Patrons Coach of the Year Award.  In honor of his mentor Max Davidson, Jon conceived, raised funds for, and oversaw the creation of two tennis centers for JCYS, a Chicago area social service agency.  The centers feature tennis programming for underserved youth and individuals with disabilities.  In recognition of Jon’s contributions, JCYS elected him a Director for Life of JCYS.  In 2013, JCYS honored Jon as its “Man of the Year” and named its “Champ Camp” for him. Jon captained Northwestern University’s varsity tennis team in 1972-1973 and was selected to the All Big-Ten Conference Team in 1973.  Jon has been inducted into the following Halls of Fame:  the USTA/Midwest Section (2013), the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (2012), and Northwestern University Athletics (2011).  In 2004, the Vegosen family was the USTA Ralph Westcott Family of the Year after having been the Family of the Year of the CDTA and the Section.  Jon received the Section’s Stanley Malless Award in 2003 and the CDTA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2002.  In 1994, he was the #1 ranked Men’s 45s singles player in the Section.

 

(Inducted In: 2014)




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