The United States Professional Tennis Association’s annual awards program is getting a whole new look and format this year during the World Conference Sept. 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla. The awards luncheon, which takes place on Friday, Sept. 27, will feature keynote speaker Pat Williams, sponsored by USPTA’s newest endorsee Rezilient Direct. Williams is the co-founder and senior VP of the Orlando Magic, a basketball Hall of Famer and one of the nation’s top motivational speakers. He has been an integral part of the NBA, including bringing the NBA to Orlando and serving as general manager for teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and now the Orlando Magic. He has also authored more than 80 books. Williams and his wife, Ruth, are parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations.
The luncheon will honor the recipients of the association’s highest distinctions, including: USPTA Tim Heckler Hall of Fame Award, Alex Gordon Professional of the Year Award, USPTA Master Professionals and USTA/USPTA Community Service Award.
The conference will feature numerous general sessions, seminars and specialty courses. Each day will feature a theme focusing on a core competency including 10 and Under Tennis, club operations/business, player development and teaching/sport science. The conference will offer all things tennis including the nation’s largest tennis-only buying show, International Tennis Championships, networking opportunities, industry meetings, parties and more. More details about the conference, including registration information, are available at www.usptaworldconference.com or by calling USPTA at 800-877-8248.