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Santorum Receives International Tennis Hall of Fame Education Award

March 27, 2006 08:06 PM

Dan Santorum of Hilton Head Island was one of two recipients of the 2005 International Tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Educational Merit Awards presented (3/20) during the USTA Annual Meeting at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando FL. The other recipient was Louise Gengler of Princeton NJ.

The Tennis Educational Merit Awards are presented annually to individuals who are U.S. citizens or residents that have made notable contributions in the tennis education field at the national level. Award winners have repeatedly demonstrated leadership and creative skills in tennis instruction, writing, organization and promotion of tennis.

Santorum is chief executive officer of the Professional Tennis Registry, the international teaching pros association headquartered on Hilton Head Island. He has been with the PTR since 1986. He has successfully developed multicultural tennis coaches programs and has conducted PTR workshops and lectures throughout the United States and overseas.
Santorum has served on several USTA committees since 1989, including chairing the USTA Nominating Committee in 2001-02 and 2005-06. He is currently vice chairman of the International Committee. Santorum was president of USTA South Carolina in 1991-1993. He is a member of the Hall of Fame board of directors and also the board of directors of the Tennis Industry Association

Gengler, sister of Hilton Head Islander Margie Gengler Smith, was a successful Princeton women's tennis coach for 25 years, retiring in 2005. She served on many Intercollegiate Tennis Association boards and received award-winning recognition, including being first woman to be given the Rolex/ITA Meritorious Service Award.