2019 Board Member, Bill O’Brien

2017 Candidate OBrien

Bill started playing platform tennis in 1978 at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. He immediately fell in love with the game and started playing in the North Jersey League for ITC shortly thereafter.

By 1990, Bill had moved to Hinsdale, Illinois, and started to build what would become one of the largest park district platform programs in the country. He has started a new group of 12 to 20 beginners every year for the last 24 years, strictly on a volunteer basis, staying with them through the season as a teacher and team captain. A number of those players then went on to start programs at their own clubs, such that what started as just 2 courts in a public park in 1990 is now 38 courts in 2 park districts and 6 private clubs—with over 70 men’s teams—in the Hinsdale area.

Bill has also served as Alan Graham’s right-hand man in running the Chicago Men’s League, which is the largest and fastest growing platform tennis league in the country, with 350 men’s teams and about 4,000 players. (Alan and Bill also co-chaired the APTA National Championships in 2006 in Chicago.)

Bill was first elected to the APTA Board in 2005 and served two 3-year terms. He returned to the Board in 2014. Bill is 73 years old, retired, and has been married to the wonderfully supportive Betsy for 50 years.

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