WTA’s Lisa Pugliese-LaCroix gets USTA award for work with autism

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has selected Lisa Pugliese-LaCroix of Delray Beach as the recipient of the USTA Eve Kraft Community Service award.

Pugliese-LaCroix was honored during the USTA’s “Celebration of Community Champions” luncheon at the Disney Beach and Yacht Club in Orlando on March 20. To view the video please click here.

Pugliese-LaCroix played college tennis at the University of Florida and Duke University before competing on the WTA Tour. After a back injury forced her off the tour, she attended graduate school and received a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida Atlantic University and became a Speech-Language Pathologist.

She decided to combine her tennis experience and speech therapy background to teach the sport she loved to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In August 2016, after working with children for six years as a Program Director for a national non-profit for autism, Lisa was inspired to be able to develop her own local non-profit, “Love Serving Autism.”

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