Bluffton's Diana Seggie has been named the Professional Tennis Registry's Humanitarian of the Year.
The PTR, an organization of tennis teaching professionals, will present its annual awards during the 2012 PTR International Tennis Symposium held Friday through Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
In her native Zimbabwe, South Africa and now here in the United States, where she's lived since 1989, Seggie has helped disadvantaged kids by exposing them to tennis, concentrating on those who desperately want to play but cannot afford to.
She travels the country offering free lessons and clinics, and collects rackets, shoes and clothing through donations to distribute to the children.
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Seggie was among the first to be PTR certified to teach wheelchair tennis and hopes to make the sport a viable rehab option for wounded veterans. She sits on the Board of the Bluffton Benevolent Fund, started a scholarship fund in her Sun City community to help kids continue to learn the game and volunteers with the PTR's Special Olympics Championships.
Seggie will receive $2,500 from PTR Foundation Chairman Scott Tharp to continue her work.