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USPTA Recognizes Wisconsin Tennis Professional

October 3, 2009 10:49 PM

The United States Professional Tennis Association honored outstanding tennis coaches, players, managers and volunteers during its annual national awards ceremony at the USPTA World Conference on Tennis, September 24. USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals hosted its annual World Conference Sept. 21-26 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa on Marco Island, Fla.

The Wisconsin Tennis Association congratulates Brian Egelhoff, recipient of the USPTA Star, recognizing teaching professionals who make an indelible mark on their communities through the sport of tennis.  Brian has been acknowledged for his dedication to creating tennis programs and playing opportunities for those with special needs.

Brian Egelhoff, Mequon, Wis. – USPTA Star

Brian has been involved in wheelchair tennis for the past 20 years as co-director of a wheelchair tennis program for adults and children. He has created several programs and hosted wheelchair tournaments. Through Advantage Kids Tennis, a program that he co-directs with his mother, he has expanded his program to work with children affected by Autism, Downs Syndrome and Spina Bifida by going in to schools. Some children have been in Egelhoff’s programs for more than 15 years. The parents feel the kids greatly benefit from the program because they have the opportunity to socialize, while they are having fun and getting exercise.

Egelhoff, who is also a teaching professional at the Mequon Elite Club and Mequon Thiensville Recreation Department in Mequon, Wis., used tennis as his motivation as he recovered and rehabilitated from emergency brain surgery when he was 16. He is now a role model to many and has made a tremendous difference in the lives of many students.

Congratulations, Brian.

 

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