Congratulations to GPTA members Ben Hestley and Lamar Scott for winning PTR Awards! Hestley was named PTR Clinician of the Year, and Scott received the PTR Volunteer of the Year award. We are proud of the work of both of these professionals and all of our members supporting their communities and tennis in Georgia. Well done!
Ben Hestley, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been named PTR Clinician of the Year. A PTR member since 2004, Hestley is a Clinician in the 10 & Under, 11 to 17 and Adult Development education pathways. He is also certified as a PTR Master of Tennis - Performance. A PTR member since 2004, Hestley is a Clinician in 10 & Under, 11 to 17 and Adult Development education pathways. He is also certified as a PTR Master of Tennis - Performance. In 2017, Hestley conducted seven workshops, certifying 50 coaches.
For the past decade, Hestley has served as the Director of Tennis at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. In that time, the club has won several state and local team championships for both juniors and adults, including six Atlanta City Championships in 2017. Three times during Hestley’s tenure, the club has been recognized as GPTA’s “Georgia Peach” for most outstanding facility and programs, and just recently was named Member Organization of the Year by USTA Georgia.
Hestley is a Net Generation Coaches Ambassador and Trainer, is currently the Chairman for the USTA Georgia Junior Team Tennis Committee and has served on USTA Georgia’s Junior Competition and Tennis Professional Committees. Since 2015, he has been a Board member for the Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation, an organization focused on programs for underserved children.
Hestley played collegiate tennis at Central Alabama Community College for two years then went on to play at the University of North Alabama where he graduated with a Sociology degree in 2004. While baseball was the main focus much of his junior career, Hestley did compete on the 1998 Alabama Junior Olympic Tennis Team.
Scott has been an active member of PTR since 2001, and holds Adult Development and 11 to 17 certifications. He is a tennis professional at Universal Tennis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, and coaches men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles ALTA and USTA teams, as well as conducts group and individual lessons for adults and kids.
Giving back to the community is important to Scott, and he serves on the executive side of the Atlanta Lawn and Tennis Association (ALTA) and as the Overall Coordinator for Men’s ALTA, for all the AA and A levels. Scott volunteers every year at the Georgia Special Olympics Summer Games as an umpire, solicitor and facilitator of volunteers, scheduling and training all volunteers to serve as umpires, ball gathers, scorers.
He also volunteers with the Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation as coach and mentor for Volley Against Violence, an initiative designed to use tennis to bring youth and police officers together for physical activity, informal mentoring and relationship building. At the Laureus Foundation ‘Sport for Good’, Scott volunteers as tennis coach and mentor to the athletes. He also volunteers at the BB&T Atlanta Open, the PTR Wheelchair Championships, and is an organizer for his local ‘Toys for Tots’ Campaign.
The National Football League took notice of Lamar Scott’s community service and volunteer efforts. In August 2017, Scott was chosen by the NFL to be featured in a episode of Tackle My Ride, a television show that salutes a deserving fan, in this case Atlanta Falcons, who symbolizes the spirit of giving back and helping others with complete vehicle makeover. You can watch the transformation of Scott’s vehicle on YouTube.