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SPS High School Athletic Hall of Fame • Seattle WA
Matriarch Amy Woo was introduced to tennis at Vashon Island High School, where she became the star player just a week after receiving her first tennis racquet, displaying a talent for tennis that continued throughout her life. She married Wing Wo Yee and had four children: Joyce, Linda, Gordon, and Gary. Joycie graduated from Franklin High School and her siblings attended Cleveland High School. Together with their mom, they offered free clinics at Cleveland and neighborhood parks. Gordy became a three-time Metro League doubles champion. Younger brother Gary earned Metro League singles championship title for three consecutive years. Each sibling earned tennis scholarships to attend the University of Washington (Joycie), Arizona State University (Linda), Seattle Pacific College (Gordy), and University of Washington (Gary) respectively. Amy Yee also won many tennis championships (including nine national titles) and was recognized with many honors throughout her lifetime. The Yee family is estimated to have won more than 2,000 tennis titles in all. In 1965, the family was presented with The Seattle Post-Intelligencer Family of the Year Award for their promotion of the game of tennis. In 1980, Seattle City Council established the annual Amy Yee Tennis Tournament, recognizing her as a “distinguished representative for Seattle to the athletic community with her participation in tennis.” Yee also founded the Amy Tee Tennis Scholarship fund in 1990; the non-profit seeks to sponsor the tournament and offers additional training for promising players. In 2002, the city’s tennis center was named in Amy Yee’s honor. She was also inducted into the US Tennis Association’s Pacific Northwest Section Hall of Fame. Her legacy is appreciated not only a great local athlete and coach, but also instrumental figured in building and nurturing Seattle’s youth tennis programs.
Amy Yee
2019 Recipient: Yee Family - Amy, Joycie, Linda, Gordon & Gary