Northeast Badminton Association's Judy Devlin Fund Awardees Named

July 12, 2018, 7 p.m. (ET)

Six Northeast athletes have been awarded the Judy Devlin Fund for Excellence in Badminton, based on their past year’s performances in regional and national competitions.

Representing three of the 13 states composing the Northeast Badminton Association (NEBA) region, these athletes represent exceptional leadership with outstanding tournament results.  NEBA takes great pride in the junior development that our region has been enjoying in recent years. All five juniors qualified to compete in the USAB Junior National competition held in Milwaukee, WI and in the Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships being held in Salvadore, Brazil this summer. Sanchita Pandy and Ryan Zheng also qualified to compete in the World Junior Championships in Markham, Canada in November.  Awardees are:


Kai Chong  Acton, MA 

Sanchita Pandey  Sterling, VA 

Andrew Yuan  Paramus, NJ 

Annabelle Zhang  Wayland, MA

Ryan Zheng Natick, MA



Nicholas Waller  Natick, MA



The Judy Devlin Fund for Excellence in Badminton was established by NEBA in 2012 with support from a small group of donors recognizing the daunting costs faced by athletes and their families who work hard to excel in this under-recognized, underfunded sport. The fund is named in honor of Judy Devlin who was raised in Baltimore, MD, trained with her father and went on to win 86 national and international titles including three Uber Cups forthe USA in 1957, 1960 and 1963. It continues to be supported by private donations and accepts applications for athletes of all ages in the Northeast Region with demonstrated ability and opportunity to compete at the top national and international levels. Our most grateful thank you goes out to all of the people who donated to this fund!  We are happy to announce that we raised more than $1100 including the extremely generous tripling matching contribution from Boston Badminton!  We ask for your continued support of the Fund and the Badminton athletes in the Northeast region.


The Northeast Badminton Association is the regional representative to USA Badminton, the national governing body for the sport of badminton as designated by the US Olympic Committee, and includes the District of Columbia as well as the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. The mission of NEBA is to provide encourage and further the growth and development of the game of badminton for players of all ages and levels from juniors through seniors, from grassroots / recreational to world elite. NEBA was first organized in 1936 at the same time as the American BadmintonAssociation, the forerunner of USA Badminton