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Awards Presented at PTR/ROHO Banquet

September 26, 2005 10:15 AM

Several awards were presented during the PTR/ROHO $15,000 Wheelchair Tennis Championships, held September 21-25 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The presentations were made during the annual ROHO Awards Banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Resort on Hilton Head Island on Friday, September 23rd. Georgians swept the awards.

(L-R) Scott Crosswhite, Team Quicke, Julie Jilly, tournament director, Karin Korb, Dennis Van der Meer, Tom Oleksy, The ROHO Group
Karin Korb, of Atlanta, received the PTR Wheelchair Pro of the Year Award. Korb, a new PTR member, works tirelessly to promote wheelchair tennis and sports. She is the Program Development Manager for BLAZE to promote sports for the disabled, works with Women in Sports foundation to enhance programs for young girls, and serves as a volunteer on numerous committees including USTA Southern Wheelchair Tennis. Not only is Korb a world class competitor (#2 USA, #15 ITF), she is a true champions of the sport.

PTR’s Golden Eagle Award for service to the game was presented to Harlon Matthews, of McDonough, GA. Matthews, a PTR certified tennis instructor, coaches many able-bodied players. He also conducts classes and clinics for BLAZE and is a member of the Peachtree 8, a wheelchair tennis travel team sponsored by the ALTA Foundation. As a special recognition, Sports Tutor gave Matthews a Tennis Tutor ball throwing machine to help continue with his tennis programs.

Each year, the tournament players and the umpires vote on which player receives the Sportsmanship Award. This award is presented to the player who demonstrates the highest level of sportsmanship during the tournament. This year’s recipient was Bryan Lankford, of Macon.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 11,500 members in 123 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.




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