News Release
13 February 2018
For Immediate Release

Nancy Hoekstra Named PTR Illinois Member of the Year


Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards today during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.  The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, is underway February 13-16, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Nancy Hoekstra, of Homewood, Illinois, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State.  This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.  A member since 2001, Hoekstra was instrumental in developing PTR Adaptive Tennis Certification Workshop.  In collaboration with Special Olympics North America (SONA) and PTR, the Adaptive Certification workshop was created to instruct tennis professionals in the skills needed to work with athletes with special needs. 

Volunteering for Special Olympics has been Hoekstra’s passion for more than 29 years, after hearing Kirk Anderson in 1988, present a challenge for all participants at the Midwest Tennis Coaches Conference to teach athletes with special needs.  As a certified teaching professional at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club, she accepted the challenge, created the first adaptive program at the club, and took one of her first adaptive students to the 1991 Special Olympics International Games in Minnesota.

Like many others, Hoekstra wears many hats when volunteering for Special Olympics. She has served as: a local volunteer coordinator, tennis coach, tournament director, USTA Official, Team USA Tennis Sport Manager, SONA National Games TD, World Games Assistant Tournament Director, SONA/PTR Tennis Clinician, Tennis Sport Resource Team committee member and SONA Tennis Development Committee Chair.  Hoekstra has also served as Chair of the Adaptive Committee for USTA Midwest. 

Prior to volunteering Hoekstra has taught public school Physical and Special Education, as well as served as an adjunct professor of Physical Education Teaching Methods at Trinity Christian College.  

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries.  It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization.  PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

 

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Contact:  Peggy Edwards • PO Box 4739, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 USA
843-785-7244 • fax 843-686-2033 • peggy@ptrtennis.org • www.ptrtennis.org