HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC—March 14, 2019—Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is pleased to announce the creation of PickTEN, a revolutionary program aimed at growing both pickleball and tennis. On January 21, PickTEN was cited in an article in the Wall Street Journal.
PickTEN is the brainchild of PTR/PPR CEO, Dan Santorum, who said, “After seeing how easy it is to learn how to play pickleball, the concept of a program designed to effectively introduce two great sports was a no-brainer. From there, PTR COO, Brian Parkkonen, took the PickTEN idea and put together an effective ten session program.”
PickTEN gives clubs a resource for attracting new players to their facilities by providing a fun, social and engaging program. PickTEN creates an environment that allows players to learn two sports by using pickleball as an introduction of basic skills (striking and tracking the ball) and tennis to further develop those skills. PickTEN will provide clubs and facilities a new tool to grow both tennis and pickleball participation, as well as provide an additional revenue stream.
“Since pickleball is an easy sport to learn, and builds confidence and hand/eye coordination,” said Nicole Hobson, PPR Member Services Manager, “It makes the perfect gateway to learn other racquet sports, especially tennis.”
PickTEN debuted in February during the PTR Symposium and PPR Conference with Parkkonen and PPR’s Sarah Ansboury conducting the presentation. The PickTEN program will be part of the PPR Organizational membership.
For more information on starting a PickTEN Program at your facility, please call 843-785-7244 or 843-842-9777.
PPR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving pickleball teaching professionals and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. PPR is the largest global organization of pickleball teaching pros with more than 1,250 members in all 50 states and 11 countries. PPR is a subsidiary of Professional Tennis Registry, the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals and coaches with nearly 16,500 members in 125 countries. For more information, visit the PPR website.