Santorum Receives Educational Merit Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Peggy Edwards
PO Box 4739
Hilton Head Island,
03/23/06 - HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC -- The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced that Dan Santorum of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Louise Gengler of Princeton, New Jersey, are the 2005 recipients of the Tennis Educational Merit Award. These prestigious tennis awards were presented at a special luncheon on Monday, March 20, during the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Annual Meeting held at the Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The Tennis Educational Merit Awards are presented annually to individuals who are U.S. citizens or residents who have made notable contributions in the tennis education field at the national level. Award winners have repeatedly demonstrated leadership and creative skills in tennis instruction, writing, organization and promotion of the game of tennis.
Dan Santorum is currently the CEO of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and has been with the organization since 1986. He has successfully developed multicultural tennis coaches programs (ACE program). He has conducted PTR workshops on six continents, 43 countries, and throughout all 50 United States.
He has served the USTA since 1989, as a member of the Junior Recreational Committee (Chairman), Strategic Planning Committee, Multicultural Participation Committee, Community Development Committee, and the Olympic Committee. He is a member of the USTA Nominating Committee, (Chairman in 2001-02). He is currently a member of the International Committee (since 1999), presently holding the position of Vice Chairman. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), an Executive Committee Member.
Santorum is currently a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. He has been involved with the Southern Tennis Association (1991-2001) and the South Carolina Tennis Association (1988-present) serving as President in 1991-1993.
Santorum was Captain of the USA team for Tony Trabert Cup that upset #1 seeded Germany to win the inaugural event in 2000. Most recently, he developed PTR on Campus, which is a program aimed at getting more college aged students to become certified to teach tennis.
Santorum has energized tennis education at the international and national level, both lecturing and appearing at meetings and events promoting the sport. He is an advocate for programs and policies. He is described by his peers as a thoughtful, caring person who has served to motivate thousands of ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 12,000 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.