Bob Bigelow, one of the country’s foremost speakers on coaching youth sports, will kick off the International Tennis Symposium, Feb. 15-19 on Hilton Head Island.
A former NBA first round draft pick, Bigelow played four years for the Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers. He also played at the University of Pennsylvania for Hall of Fame Coach, Chuck Daly.
Bigelow advocates fully meeting the needs of children as the top priority in youth sports programs, and provides new approaches for positive change in youth sports.
He has devoted several thousand hours to researching and lecturing about organized youth sports and its impact on children - and adults - conducting more than 700 talks since 1993.
He was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island. Bigelow is also the co-author of "Just Let Kids Play."
Bigelow will also speak to community coaches from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Island Recreation Center. The presentation is free to all parents and coaches. For more information, call the Rec Center at (843) 681-7273.
The International Tennis Symposium is sponsored by the Professional Tennis Registry, the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals, with more than 13,000 members in 122 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.
For more information, call PTR at 1-800-421-6289.