Beaufort News

Bluffton's Maggie Collins named PTR's Volunteer of the Year

In conjunction with the Professional Tennis Registry's 2014 International Tennis Symposium held over the weekend on Hilton Head Island, Maggie Collins of Bluffton on Sunday was named PTR's Volunteer of the Year.

Collins is a volunteer at the PTR Symposium, Spring TennisFest and the PTR Wheelchair Championships. She also coaches the boys and girls Learn to Play starter program at Bluffton High School and serves a volunteer assistant for Bluffton's tennis teams. Collins assists at the annual Bluffton Today Open Tournament, which raises money for youth tennis and Junior Team Tennis.

Also Sunday, Michael Paul of Murfreesboro, Tenn. was named PTR's Humanitarian of the Year. An adaptive sports athlete and former paratrooper who has been PTR certified since 2004, Paul is a spokesperson for disabled veterans.

Paul started On Target 4 Veterans. Its staff is made up of primarily active duty and retired military personnel with a background in Special Operations.

It's goal is to show other disabled veterans how to live life to the fullest through sports and to show appreciation for the sacrifices they have made for their country.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 14,600 members in 121 countries. It is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.