BLUFFTON'S STAPLES RECEIVES NATIONAL TENNIS AWARD
Bluffton resident Butch Staples, one of the owners of the Tennisclub of the Low Country at Rose Hill, was presented the Tennis Educational Merit Award by the USTA on March 17 in Carlsbad, Calif.
For his contributions in tennis education, Staples was honored at the International Tennis Hall of Fame's annual awards luncheon at the La Costa Resort & Spa. The USTA cited Staples for his leadership and creative skills as one of the top 10-and-under trainers in the United States.
Staples has been teaching tennis since 1974. He is a USTA National Trainer for QuickStart and USTA Schools Workshops, and serves on the Cardio Tennis Speakers Team. He organized the largest Cardio Tennis event ever with 186 beginners and novice players on 18 courts.
Staples has been named Professional Tennis Registry State Member of the Year for Illinois in 2008, PTR Tester of the Year in 2009, and Clinician of the Year in 2010. In January 2011, Racquet Sports Industry Magazine named Staples the winner of its first USTA RCW Trainer of the Year Award.
WEXFORD'S GEIGER, SUTTON WIN CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIP
Harvey Geiger and Al Sutton of the Wexford Croquet Club knocked off Peter Oleson and Stephen Morgan to win the first flight title in the National Club Doubles Championship at West Palm Beach, Fla.
Geiger and Sutton defeated the previously unbeaten duo of Oleson and Morgan by a 16-5 score at the National Croquet Center.
The tournament featured 120 players from 17 clubs around the United States, Bermuda and St. Croix.
LOCALS EARN SPECIAL OLYMPICS TENNIS MEDALS
Van der Meer Tennis Center in Shipyard recently hosted nearly 200 athletes for the 13th annual Special Olympics National Invitational Tennis Championships.
Several tennis players from the Beaufort County area earned medals in the event.
In singles, gold medals were won by Kayanna Simmons, Rochelle Watkins, Corey McCall, Earl Singleton, Robert Seignious and Wallace Gamble. Silver medals were won by Ryan Brennan, Tyrisha Young, Christopher McPherson and Steven Cole. Jacob Mazzeo and Rashawn Young won bronze.
In doubles and unified partners, gold medals were won by Simmons, Watkins, Brennan, McPherson, Seignious and Taylor Graham. Winning silver medals were Corey McCall, Taylor Taber, Young and Mazzeo; Cole won a bronze.
Area athletes also competed in individual skills events, earning points in nine categories. Individual skills gold medals went to Laura Concino, Eric Perez, Kayla Garber and Herbert Johnson. Silver medals went to Amani Todd, John Baker, Lindsay Persoon and Shenika Ellington. Bronze medals went to Tim Hall, Caroline Campbell and Avi Tinoco.
WEEK OF CHAMPIONS RETURNS IN JUNE
The annual Week of Champions, a week of free sports clinics with Christian professional athletes in attendance, will take place June 11-15.
Clinics in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and cheerleading will be held on Hilton Head Island. In addition, football, soccer and baseball clinics will be held at Bluffton High School.
In addition to getting a chance to work with the pros, participating children will receive free T-shirts at the clinics.
To make a reservation for the free clinics, register online at www.weekofchampions.org.
The Week of Champions sports banquet will be held June 11 at the Crowne Plaza. Tables are available by calling Gary Wetherington at 843-757-2150.
On Sunday, June 10, many of the athletes will be speaking in churches throughout the Lowcountry.