Karl Hale, tournament director of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto, has been named Humanitarian of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). The PTR presented its annual awards on Wednesday during the 2017 PTR International Tennis Symposium, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Hale played Davis Cup for his native Jamaica for a decade, was the team’s coach for several years, and is a former Fed Cup coach for his adopted country of Canada. He has been tournament director of Rogers Cup since 2007, and also serves as the director of racquet sports at the prestigious Donalda Club in Toronto.
An International Master Professional, Hale serves on the boards of both PTR and TPA. Yet, he makes time for philanthropic endeavours and makes good use of his pro player contacts.
Hale founded the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity Event that has raised $1 million-plus for North York General Hospital and Go for Gold Fund.
Not losing touch with the needs of his homeland, Hale also founded and serves as co-chair of Helping Hand Jamaica Foundation, an organization that aims to improve the lives of the next generation of Jamaicans by creating a world-class education system through investment in infrastructure, resource materials and expertise.
Hale has taken Serena and Venus Williams and Marion Bartoli to Jamaica for fundraising clinics and organized exhibitions with Jimmy Connors and Jim Courier. Serena and other celebs, like San Diego (soon to be LA) Charger Orlando Franklin and rapper Kardinal Offishall pick up hammers to help build a new school.
So far, Helping Hands has raised more than $1.5 million and built 13 new elementary schools. It has impacted more than 50,000 Jamaican children. The first school raised the literacy rate from 33 per cent to 80 per cent in five years.
The Humanitarian award comes with $2,500 from PTR Foundation to continue his work with Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,600 members in 125 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.