The award, called the Marc Kaplan Media Excellence Award, is presented to an individual or organization in the USTA Southern Section--a nine state area-- who has most contributed to the game of tennis by disseminating information about the sport to the general public. Limpert meets all the criteria, and then some.
Limpert is a national sports technology writer for Yahoo News and Yahoo Sports. “I cover all sports,” Limpert said, “but since tennis and golf are two sports where the technology changes on almost a daily basis- those two sports are key.
“But I've also covered anything from college football to basketball and motorsports. I even covered the Bassmasters Open last year in Mississippi. I also write a daily technology column for Examiner.com.”
He also hosts the popular "Wireless Wednesday" tech segment on Sports Radio 92.9 The Game in Atlanta and "Tech Tuesday" on Sirius/XM PGA TOUR Radio. He has been on 11 Alive's Sports Extra and CBS Better Mornings Atlanta.
“We are very fortunate in Atlanta to have Rick in our town,” said Ron Cioffi, Director of Communications and BB&T Atlanta Open Media Director for USTA Southern. “He is a national writer with a vast knowledge of and interest in tennis. His coverage of our sport is exceptional.”
“It’s been my pleasure to work alongside Rick at numerous tennis events around the area,” said Sam Crenshaw, sports anchor for 11Alive News. “His passion for both supporting and providing coverage of tennis in our area is unequal. Very happy to see Rick receive recognition.”
“It's a great honor,” said Limpert on receiving the media award. “I took a look at the list of the past recipients of the award and its great company. I don't do what I do for awards, but it's great to know people read what you write.”
LImpert isn't taking time out to celebrate, in fact, he sees the award as a high bar for 2014. Currently, Limpert is promoting a book he co-authored with Women’s USTA Pro-circuit player, Danielle Lao entitled, "The Invaluable Experience". The book is a must-read for anyone connected with NCAA athletics. While book depicts Lao’s NCAA tennis experiences, the stories have universal appeal for fans and athletes alike, no matter what their sport.
Readers can download the book from The Kindle Store on Amazon or obtain a print version on BookPatch.com.