The Fountain Valley Tennis Center was selected as Southern California's tennis organization of the year.
The center was selected by the Southern California division of the United States Tennis Assn., which is recognized by the Olympics, for its work with the community to promote the sport and for taking a leadership role with young players.
Darren Potkey, manager of the junior competition at the Southern California Tennis Assn., said the tennis center does so much for its community that it was time to recognize its efforts.
"A lot of times, all the big, nice tennis clubs get all the attention," he said. "Sometimes, it's really important to recognize the people who are on the front line promoting grassroots tennis on all levels, and they definitely fit that description."
Potkey said he nominated the tennis center, and it was selected by the board and the staff members who voted.
The tennis center is part of the city's Recreation and Community Services Division. Melinda Alger and her husband, Don, have operated it for the city since 1987, Melinda Alger said.