Originally Published: October 28, 2008 9:40 p.m.
We are fortunate to have a tennis professional as talented as Chris Howard. He is a rated USTA tennis professional and shares his tennis expertise and professional leadership with the community in many ways.
Chris has been tennis pro for the past 38 years and without his strong leadership to build a tennis community for both the young and old, this area wouldn't have the level of tennis it has today. He currently instructs tennis students that attend Yavapai College on the Roughrider courts, which also is serves drop-in tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
He has taught handicapped people in wheelchairs to play tennis. He continues to give tennis instruction clinics to 4- and 5-year-olds. He makes it fun for all the ages that come to his tennis clinics. He's a real asset to not only the local tennis community but also the Yavapai College athletic department.
He always knows what the tennis courts need and has always gathered volunteers to get the work done.
Mr. Howard organizes tennis functions that not only raise money for the PATA but also involve all levels of competition in this sport.
Mr. Howard has highlighted tennis in this area at Yavapai College, Prescott High School, Prescott Racquet Club, the parks AND recreation department, and various subdivisions and writes a weekly tennis column in the Prescott Daily Courier.