Curtis Richmond, Missouri Valley/Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, was a gifted athlete from Shawnee High School. He was selected as SHS 1963 Athlete of the Year and Most Valuable Basketball Player. His high school singles and doubles record was 82-4, and he became the 1963 Oklahoma State Singles Champion.
From 1963-67, Curtis continued his tennis career at Southeastern State University in Durant. He won the Oklahoma Conference Singles Championship in 1967 and was Doubles Champion in 1966. Curtis was named to the NAIA All-American Tennis Team in 1967 and was selected for the 1967 Pan-American Games. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-70, stationed in both Vietnam and Berlin. He was also a member of the 1970 All-Army Tennis team where he was Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-up. He was inducted into the Southeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
The Curtis Richmond Scholarship
The Oklahoma Tennis Foundation awards a $2.000.00 scholarship to a high school senior who will be entering college and who has participated in high school varsity tennis during the 2020-2021 school year. The scholarship is intended to assist with tuition and is need-based.
Previous winners of the Curtis Richmond Memorial Scholarship:
First recipient (February 2016):
Shawnee High School
Attending Southwestern State University
Duncan High School
Attending University of Oklahoma
Pictured: Vance McSpadden, Carolyn Richmond, Mackenzie and Roone Richmond
Raymond & Benjamin Shankland
Attending Southeastern State University
Pictured: Roone Richmond, Carolyn Richmond and Vance McSpadden
Norman High School
Bing High School
2020 Scholarship recipients: back row—Vance McSpadden, Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame member and OKTF Board member, Hudson Dick (homeschool attending John Brown University), Landon Swopes (attending Stanford University). Front row-Carolyn Richmond, OKTF Scholarship Chair and Secretary of OKTF Board of Directors, Nathaly Perilla (attending Oklahoma City Community College), Clancy Tresemer (attending Oklahoma City Community College), Caroline Hillock (homeschool).