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The Kaspers’ Scholarship


Bert Kaspers impacted many young lives in junior tennis.  He taught his own children and other tennis competitors the importance of discipline on the court as well as the importance of striving to obtain a quality education.  In 1989, Bert and his wife, June, created a scholarship fund through the Metro Detroit Tennis Patrons (the philanthropic arm of our District) to provide up to $10,000 of financial assistance to graduating high school seniors for their college tuition and expenses.

"The Kaspers’ legacy lives through the past, present and future accomplishments of the winners of this scholarship."


Shanoli Kumar
2018 Kasper’s Scholarship
2018 USTA Midwest Helen Shockley Award


Shanoli as a three year All-State performer who served twice as the tennis team captain at Northville High School.  She won the State Championship at #2 singles as a freshman and reached the finals as a sophomore.  She was a quarter finalist at #1 singles this past spring as a junior.   She also helped her Northville team win state titles in both 2015 and 2017.  Shanoli has been a recipient of the MHSAA Academic All-State Award (2015-2017) and was named a KLAA Scholar-Athlete. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Hoxie Award. 

She has been one of the top players in Southeast Michigan throughout her junior career and has been ranked among the top 40 players in the Midwest in both the Girls 14 and 16 and under divisions.  Shanoli was selected to play both Zonals and Winter Nationals in 2016. She was currently a 3 star recruit.

Shanoli always conducts herself with class and dignity both on and off the tennis court. She has won sportsmanship awards in 8 USTA tournaments, including the USTA Open Regional (G16-November 2015) and Midwest Level 2 Open Championships (G18-July 2016).

She is an extremely dedicated student who excels in the classroom.  In high school, Shanoli maintained a 3.98 GPA with a challenging curriculum of Honors, AP and IB classes.  She was a member of the National Honors Society and the Northville High School Mustang Leadership Council. She was the recipient of the Northville High School Academic Excellence Award.

Shanoli was quite active in her school and community, and participating in numerous school volunteer events and clubs. 

Shanoli is a Freshman at The University of Michigan where she plans to major in Chemical Engineering.



Kobie Mueller
2018 Kasper’s Scholarship


Kobie began playing tennis at the age of five, first with a sponge ball in his Chicago living room before getting on the court while visiting his grandparents in Michigan.  He quickly became passionate for the game and, after the family moved to Florida, began taking lessons at the local tennis club.  He soon found success, winning the Boys 8 and Under Little Mo Eastern Region and earning the #1 seed in the National Tournament.

In 2008 when Kobie’s grandfather became ill, the family moved to Ann Arbor to be closer, and Kobie has been a part of the Southeastern Michigan District ever since.    He is coached by his uncle with whom he has developed an especially close relationship on and off the court.  Kobie is the winner of the 2017 Hoxie Award and a recipient of the USTA Midwest Sportsmanship Award. He was a member of the 2016 and 2017 Southeast Michigan’s Boys 18s Team Cup Championship Teams.  

At Huron High School, Kobie was the co-captain of his team and played the #2 singles position. He was a finalist in his flight at the 2017 Division 1 MHSAA State Championships, and was named All-State three years straight.  Kobie won four Regional, four SEC conference titles, and earned the distinction of never having lost to a rival Ann Arbor high school opponent.  

Kobie was a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction with a 3.94 GPA. He was also president of the Huron High School Computer Science Club and  a member of the Physics World Cup Team, BPA Financial Analyst Team, and National Honor Society.  He has been involved in many volunteer projects.  Additionally, Kobie served as a volunteer tennis instructor to elementary and middle school students through the Ann Arbor city program.

In his free time Kobie enjoys playing basketball, chess, card games, and hanging out with his friends and family.  He also plays the trumpet and piano.
Kobie is a Freshman at the University of Michigan where he plans to major in Engineering.


Hoxie Memorial Award


The late Jean and Jerry Hoxie, through their belief in children and a love for the game of tennis, made Hamtramck and Southeast Michigan one of the tennis capitals of the country from the 1940s to the 1960s.  Their demand for excellence was coupled with their desire to teach good sportsmanship.  Together, they developed more national champions than any other tennis instructors in the history of tennis in the United States.

The Jean and Jerry Hoxie Memorial Award is given to a junior male and female player in Southeast Michigan, who have made a great contribution to the game of tennis through their good sportsmanship and their achievements 
both on and off the tennis court.


Anika Yarlagadda

2018 Female Hoxie Award Recipient


Anika began playing tennis at the age of four on a mini court in her family’s basement. She took up tennis because her father played in India and at Oakland University. 

She is currently ranked No. 6 in Southeastern Michigan and No. 23 in the Midwest Girls 18’s. According to her coaches, Armand and Josh Molino, Anika is a very talented player with a big-time game. She is an excellent competitor who is very passionate about the game. As a freshman at West Bloomfield High School, Anika was named captain of the Girls’ Varsity Team and this year as a senior, helped lead the Boys’ Varsity team to state championship as the team’s No. 1 singles player. In 2018, she won two ITF Championships, the Grass Courts at Pennsylvania Event and the 26th Annual Canadian Open.

Anika is an intelligent, diligent, and knowledgeable student. She has maintained a 3.9 GPA while balancing an incredibly rigorous schedule outside the classroom. Her academic schedule at West Bloomfield High School includes Honors and AP courses. Anika’s teacher describes her as thinker who can eloquently put her thoughts into words and expresses herself both in written format and verbally on a very sophisticated level.

Personally, she is described as a kind, caring, thoughtful, and sympathetic. She volunteers weekly as a reader at a local nursing home and with the Friendship Circle of West Bloomfield.

Anika will attend the University of North Carolina in the fall where she will be Pre-Med and play on the women’s tennis team.



Andrew Zhang

2018 Male Hoxie Award Recipient


IMG_2600Andrew Zhang, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is a senior at Bloomfield Hills High School. He is currently ranked No.16 in Tennis Recruiting and No.2 in Midwest B18 singles. He is also a national gold ball and silver ball winner. In 2018, Andrew won the Southeastern Michigan Muthig B18 Qualifier and Midwest B18 Closed Championship. 

Andrew played 4 years of high school tennis and helped lead his team to win 3 D1 state championship titles. He also won the #2 singles title in his sophomore year and the #1 singles title in his senior year. In 2018, Andrew was named Michigan Mr. Tennis.

Andrew was honored to represent the Southeastern Michigan District at the Midwest Team Cup and National Team Championship. He has won many sportsmanship awards at National and Midwest level tournaments. 

Andrew earned a 3.94 GPA at Bloomfield Hills High School and was active in supporting his community by volunteering at local food banks and other community events. Andrew will attend Duke University in the fall of 2019 where he expects to play varsity tennis.



William F. Beyer Award


The late William F. Beyer was one of the first presidents of the Southeastern Michigan District (then known as SEMTA).  He was instrumental in setting the foundation of the district.  His contributions as a volunteer were unsurpassed.  Mr. Beyer was elected President in November of 1946 and served for two years.  He also served on numerous committees including the Junior Development Committee (Chairman), Junior Ranking Committee, Junior Davis Cup Committee, Public Parks Committee (Chairman), and Nominating Committee to name a few.

The William F. Beyer Memorial Award is given to an individual who is felt to have contributed immeasurably and unselfishly to the game of tennis.

Timothy Ross

2018 Beyer Award Recipient



Tim, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began playing tennis in 5th grade after watching Chris Evert, an early crush, play tennis on television. He initially took lessons through the Livonia Parks and Recreation program and later began classes with Dean Snyder and Jack Kingsbury at the Livonia Y. Tim played three years for the Livonia Bentley High School tennis team and senior year, served as co-captain of the team.

After graduating from high school, Tim continued his love of the game by playing intramural tennis at Western Michigan University. He won two seasons at the intramural intermediate level. After graduation, he took a 10-year hiatus from tennis due his busy career. At the urging of a vendor who was an active tennis player, Tim joined a tennis team at the brand-new Sports Club of Novi. In 1999, he took over the management of the men’s Tuesday night singles and doubles league at Sports Club. He later moved the league to Franklin Athletic Club.  Tim has served as the captain of 3.5 and 4.0 teams in the 18 and Over and 40 and Over men’s leagues for over 19 years and has served as the captain of 8.0 mixed doubles teams for 14 consecutive years.

Tim has served as a USTA volunteer on committees at the district, section and national levels. He is the current Midwest Section Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has chaired the Awards and Volunteer Committee for the past 5 years.  On the district level, Tim is the current chair of the Community Development Committee and regularly volunteers during district events. He is the Co-Chair the of the annual Motor City Tennis Classic, the largest LGBTQ tournament in Michigan and one of the largest in the Midwest. Through Tim’s leadership, this group has raised over $35,000 for non-profits and charities including, Gilda’s Club, Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park, the Ovarian Cancer Foundation, The USTA/Midwest Tennis and Education Foundation, and the Clark Park Coalition. 

Tim is dedicated to increasing tennis in all communities especially the diverse and underserved. It is a major dream of his to develop and facilitate tennis programs at every high school throughout the Southeastern Michigan district, especially those in the city of Detroit. Tim hopes that all people will find friendships and competition on the courts.