USA Badminton is proud to announce that Yvonne Chern has been awarded the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Service Award is presented every year by the BWF to honor exemplary service to badminton on a national level. Chern, who is the vice president of the Massachusetts Badminton Association, is the first U.S. recipient of this prestigious award since 2001. She is also the 10th USAB member in history to be acknowledged and celebrated for her service to the badminton community.
Chern has been an active member of the USAB community for over 15 years. In her lengthy career, she has served as a board member, organizer and volunteer in various associations and badminton leagues. Chern is the founder and director of the Eastern Collegiate Team Badminton League as well as the organizer of the Eastern Collegiate Team Championships. Since she founded the league seven years ago, Chern has continued to build the league to include over 500 players within 50 teams. Chern's work with the Eastern Collegiate Team Badminton League has been an invaluable framework for future collegiate leagues across the country.
Yvonne Chern with players Amy Cheng and Daphne Chang.
In addition, for the past 13 years, Chern has been involved with the Northeastern Badminton Association (NEBA) holding positions as the at-large director, vice president and president. Co-founder of Massachusetts Badminton B Doubles League, she is also the organizer of the Massachusetts Badminton High School Team Tournament. Through her efforts, Chern works to increase the visibility and the accessibility of the sport of badminton.
"USA Badminton congratulates Yvonne on this well-deserved success," said interim CEO Linda French. "We are thankful for the time she puts in to help better the sport and the difference she made and continues to make in the badminton community."