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Honored Atlanta Coach Ernie Peterson Dies

April 15, 2010 02:35 PM

Ernie Peterson, winner of the Developmental Coach of the Year award, passed away on Saturday, April 10 in Atlanta.

Peterson coached hundreds of aspiring players and his programs were always at the top of the list for quality of care, quality of coaching and player performance. He was a true icon, legend and life changer for hundreds of African American children wanting to learn the game of tennis.

Peterson began his professional tennis teaching career in 1968 at the Boston Parks and Recreation, and later the Franklin Field Tennis Center, one of the first grass roots tennis programs for minority youth in the nation. Peterson founded the Peterson School of Tennis in College Park, Ga. in 1976. In 2003, Peterson was selected Development Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Peterson not only developed great players, he developed great human beings.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ernie’s family.

The Peterson Family would like to thank you for all of your kindness, numerous prayers, and support during this time. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that all donations be made to the:

Peterson School of Tennis Educational Scholarship Fund
P. O.  Box 322
Red Oak, GA 30272-0322
Or go to: www.petersonschooloftennis.com  log into PAYPAL

Celebration of Life Service: Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m.

Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church
6712 West Fayetteville Rd.
Riverdale, GA 30296

Immediately Following

Fellowship and Reception:
Christians for Change Baptist Church
2110 Bethsaida Rd.
Riverdale, GA 30296




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