Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will presented its annual awards last night during the 2017 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway through February 18 at on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Frank A. Adams, of Aurora, Colorado, has been named PTR Professional of the Year. Adams has served PTR for more than two decades. As a Clinician for 10 & Under and Adult Development, Adams has hosted many PTR workshops at the Highlands Ranch Community Association in Colorado, where he is Head Professional.
Adams is also a member of the USTA Faculty, and has coached ITA Zonal teams, Special Olympics and wheelchair tennis. He conducts wheelchair clinics for OPAF and the Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation. Former President of both USTA Intermountain and Colorado District, he has served on several national committees, including Diversity and Inclusion, Tennis in the Parks, NJTL, Technical, Innovation and Adaptive Tennis. Adams currently serves on USTA/ITA/Colorado Diversity and Inclusion and Junior Recreation Committees. He is the lead coach for the Colorado District Star Search Program.
At the grassroots level, Adams is a Past President of Denver City Park Racquet Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastside Tennis Association. He was featured in Breaking the Barriers, a documentary film on the African American experience and the community at Denver's City Park, produced by the Colorado Tennis Association.
For his work with young players, Adams was inducted to the Asian Tennis League Hall of Fame. He has also been named PTR Colorado Member of the Year, USTA/ITA Volunteer of the Year, and was the CWTF Wheelchair Instructor of the Year twice. In 2014, Adams received the ITA Youth Tennis Ambassador Award. Adams has also been presented the USTA Colorado Arthur Ashe Award, apropos since he was introduced to PTR through the ACE Program, for which Ashe was a proponent and spokesperson.
Last year, Adams received the PTR/USTA Service to the Community Award. In September of 2015, the tennis courts at Belmont Charter School in Philadelphia were named after him and a friend who had learned to play the game through NJTL. At the court dedication ceremony, Adams was presented with a Citation from the City Council of Philadelphia that read "for his commitment to improving the lives of man … with appreciation for all you have done for God and Humanity."
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,600 members in 125 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.