SPECIAL OLYMPIC

                                       PLAY DATE EVENT  AT

PATCH REEF TENNIS CENTER 

JANUARY 17TH, 2016

This was an event for green and yellow ball players.  Players from 4 different counties participated.

From Left to Right

Chad Williams/Palm Beach- Volunteer, Andrew Young/Miami Dade-Athlete, Michael Bederman/Broward-Athlete, Gary Milchman/Broward-Athlete, Jacob Groves/Seminole-Athlete, Brett Williams/Palm Beach-Athlete, Santiago Castro/Miami Dade/Athlete, Colin Lennon/Palm Beach-Athlete, Jon Rathbun/Miami-Dade/Athlete, Marc Pulver/Miami-Dade/Athlete, Howard Chodak/Patch Reef Staff Professional and Director of Tennis Developement for Special Olympics Florida

Andrew Young & Chad Williams

Brett Williams & Howard Chodak

Andrew Young

Brett Williams & Santiago Castro


SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES

                                                                     October 24, 2015

 Special Olympic Athletes  Melissa Riveros, Colin Lennon and Brett Williams currently train at Patch Reef Tennis Center with  Howard  Chodak, USTA Master Professional and Director of Tennis Development for Special Olympics Florida.  Recently Chodak took Lennon and Williams to The Special Olympics North America Tennis Championship sponsored by the PTR at VanDerMeer Tennis Facility in Hilton Head Island, SC.

Lennon, 32, competed in orange ball play, a slightly smaller court and lower compression  ball.  He won a gold medal in his division.  Williams, 29, competed in the green dot ball division, a regular size court, and he won gold also. Then, the athletes teamed up to play doubles and defeated the favored South Carolina team in a fantastic  showing in the gold medal round.

Congrats to Coach Howard Chodak and his athletes on bringing home the GOLD!!!

 

 


 Congratulations to Benjamin H. Lee receiving the special honor of carry the Olympic Torch for the 2012 Summer Olympics being held in London, England.  Benjamin attended Patch Reef Park Tennis Center's camps, clinics and volunteered at the Florida Open Wheelchair Championships for many years.  Benjamin went to the University of florida and majored in banking.  He has been assigned to England with Deutsche Bank to continue his education.  

 

 

 

 

 


Ivan Lendl came to Patch Reef Park Tennis to test out tennis racquets and hit on the pro court

Lendl first attained the World No 1. ranking on February 28, 1983 and bolstered his claim to the top spot when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. For much of the next five years, Lendl was the top ranked player until August 1990. He finished four years ranked as the world's top player (1985 - 1987 and 1989) and was ranked World No. 1 for a total of 270 weeks, breaking the record previously held by Jimmy Connors. (This has since been surpassed by Pete Sampras and Roger Federer).

 

 

 


Happy Birthday Ruth Bayer, who celebrated her 93rd Birthday at Patch Reef Park Tennis Center

Ruth Bayer celebrated her 93rd Birthday on June 2, 2011 at Patch Reef Park Tennis Center. Ruth is a permit holder and has been playing tennis at Patch Reef Park Tennis Center for the past 20 years. She plays on the morning team with all male players’ and she gives them a run for their money. It is a pleasure to watch Ruth play with her follow teammates. Happy Birthday Ruth and many many more!