COLLEGE STATION, Texas – George P. Mitchell (Class of ’40) is one of five outstanding tennis players and contributors to be inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.
Mitchell is joined in the 27th induction class by tennis greats Chuck LeMaster, John B. Kniffen, Barbara Smith and Semp Russ. A distinguished graduate of Texas A&M University, Mitchell earned a degree in petroleum engineering with additional emphasis in geology. He served as men’s tennis team captain and lettered in 1938, 1939 and 1940.
Due to Mitchell’s generous contributions, Texas A&M features one of the finest tennis complexes in the country. The George P. Mitchell Tennis Center has hosted a variety of events including the 1999 and 2002 Big 12 Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships and the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. The tennis center will also play host to the 2008 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships and the 2009 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships. Undoubtedly, his support and contributions have helped place Texas A&M among the nation’s elite.
Born on May 21, 1919 in Galveston, Texas, Mitchell became interested in tennis at an early age and began competing in local and regional tournaments in Galveston. After serving in World War II, he and his wife Cynthia settled in Houston and the young entrepreneur founded George Mitchell and Associates, Inc. in 1946. He continued playing the game regularly in both singles and doubles in Houston and competing in the Gordon Cup, the USTA National Grass Courts and other tournaments in the Houston area and state of Texas.
For more than 20 years, he volunteered for the Houston Tennis Patrons and the Houston Tennis Association. He also founded and developed the Houston Racquet Club in 1969, The Woodlands Racquet Club in 1975, and Texas A&M ’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center which received the USTA Tennis Award in 1999 for top tennis center in the country. He is a devoted tennis player, a civic leader in Texas, and a major contributor to Texas Tennis and its future.
Tickets for the event are available to the public by contacting Tina Brumm at the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame at (254) 756-2307 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Event sponsorships are also available.
Founded in 1981, the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame is overseen and sponsored by the United States Tennis Association-Texas Section. Past inductees include current Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton and tennis legends Zina Garrison, Maureen Connolly Brinker, and Cliff and Nancy Richey.