Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards last week during the PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event was held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Nancy Hoekstra of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
Hoekstra was instrumental in developing the PTR Adaptive Tennis Certification Workshop. In collaboration with Special Olympics North America (SONA) and PTR, the workshop was created to instruct tennis professionals in the skills needed to work with athletes with special needs. Hoekstra continues to serve within Adaptive Tennis as a Lead Clinician and coach/mentor for PTR.
Volunteering for Special Olympics has been Hoekstra’s passion for more than 30 years. As a teaching professional at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club (IL), she created the first adaptive program at the club, and took one of her first adaptive students to the 1991 Special Olympics International Games. In March 2019, Hoekstra was Assistant Tennis Technical Director for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.
Like many others, Hoekstra wears many hats when volunteering for Special Olympics. She has served as a local volunteer coordinator, tennis coach, tournament director, Team USA Tennis Sport Manager, SONA National Games TD, World Games Assistant Tournament Director, SONA/PTR Tennis Clinician, SOI Tennis Sport Resource Team Committee Chair, as well as serving as a USTA Official and USTA Midwest Adaptive Committee Co-Chair. 2019 marked the 20th Anniversary of SONA Tennis Championships present by PTR at which Hoekstra was Competition Director. While volunteering, Hoekstra 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 131 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. Visit ptrtennis.org