Wheelchair Tennis Star Randy Snow to be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Wheelchair tennis superstar and three-time Paralympic medalist Randy Snow has been elected for induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. Randy is only the second wheelchair tennis player in history to be honored with induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Brad Parks, the pioneering founder of the sport, who was inducted in 2010. In addition to his successful tennis career, Randy was a competitive basketball player and racer. Off the courts, he was an influential leader in the development of Wheelchair Tennis and a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Randy's Hall of Fame induction will be a posthumous recognition of his achievements and contributions to the sport. He passed away on November 19, 2009 in El Salvador while volunteering at a wheelchair tennis camp.
“Randy Snow was simply the best wheelchair player to have ever played the sport. Beyond his athletic success though, he played a major role in building the sport and he inspired so many others to play wheelchair tennis and other sports. He was among a dedicated group of people who worked very hard to grow wheelchair tennis and the inclusion of wheelchair athletes in the International Tennis Hall of Fame has been a great affirmation for the sport’s progress and importance,” said Parks. “It was a privilege for me to play alongside Randy and to call him a friend, and I am thrilled to see him receive the honor of Hall of Fame induction, which is very well deserved.”
Randy is the second member of the Class of 2012 to be announced, joining tennis administrator Mike Davies, who has been elected in the Contributor Category. Additional members of the Class of 2012 will be announced within the month ahead. The Induction Ceremony will be hosted on July 14 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I.
"Randy Snow was an inspirational wheelchair tennis player and leader in the sport. He made remarkable contributions that have shaped the history of tennis and paved the way for the future,” said Tony Trabert, 1970 Hall of Famer and Chair of the Enshrinee Nominating Committee. “We look forward to celebrating Randy’s achievements and contributions at the induction ceremony in July, along with those of the additional inductees who will be announced shortly.”
Whether he was delivering a fierce forehand, patiently teaching a young player, or motivating an entire room of people at a speaking engagement, it’s safe to say wheelchair tennis superstar Randy Snow was all heart in his activities.
Originally from Terrell, Texas, Randy was a talented, determined athlete throughout his life. As a teenager, Snow was a ranked tennis player in the state of Texas, but when a farming accident left him a paraplegic at the age of 16, he refused to let the physical challenges fade his competitive spirit and athletic talent. Randy committed himself to wheelchair sports, to inspiring athletes worldwide, and to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. As a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, Randy formed a wheelchair basketball team under the direction of Jim Hayes, the University's wheelchair sports director. Soon after, he began wheelchair racing and also began training as a wheelchair tennis player, eventually establishing himself as the one of the world’s best.
Randy won 22 major tournament titles during his career, and he achieved a world ranking of No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. For many years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Randy was a member of the United States Men’s World Cup team, a competition similar to Davis Cup. Randy was named ITF Wheelchair Tennis Player of the Year in 1991 and USA Wheelchair Athlete of the Year in 2000.
Undoubtedly the best of his time, Randy’s influence on the wheelchair tennis world far exceeded his success as a champion. Off the courts, he was an active leader in the development of wheelchair tennis and a tireless advocate for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. From Bolivia to Thailand and beyond, he traveled the world teaching the game, standardizing training programs, and generally opening doors to those who may not have otherwise known the joy of Paralympic sports.
As a man of seemingly endless talent – and a nonstop drive to apply himself wholly to every situation, tennis was not Randy’s only platform. In the 1990s, he served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and he worked extensively with the National Council on Disability. Randy conducted wheelchair tennis camps all over the world in nations ranging from Bolivia to Thailand, and he developed, managed, and taught at the "Randy Snow Wheelchair Tennis Camps" across the United States. In addition, he developed the USPTA certification for Wheelchair Tennis.
In 1984, the Summer Olympics added a men's 1500-meter wheelchair race as an exhibition event, which was to be the first Paralympic event ever to appear before a large audience. Randy trained relentlessly for the event, ultimately earning a silver medal, as well as a standing ovation for wheelchair athletes. He went on to win gold medals in the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona for singles and doubles tennis, and at the 1996 Atlanta Games, he was a member of the bronze medal-winning wheelchair basketball team. In 2004, he became the first Paralympian to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Randy also served as president of a motivational speaking company called NO XQs, Inc. ("no excuses"), where he spread the message that people should focus on discovering options and finding new opportunities, and that in order to succeed, people must have a 100% able-bodied mind.
Randy Snow passed away on November 19, 2009 in El Salvador, where he was volunteering at a wheelchair tennis camp. The tennis community, and world as a whole, lost a great friend, strong leader, and remarkable human being all too soon. This year, we honor Randy’s memory and acknowledge him as one of the best of the best in the sport of tennis, an inductee to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
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Eligibility & Voting
Election to the International Tennis Hall of Fame is based on the sum of an individual's achievements and accomplishments in the sport, and it is the highest honor a person can receive in tennis. Inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame are elected in the categories of Recent Player, Master Player and Contributor.
Randy Snow has been elected to the Hall of Fame as a Wheelchair Tennis Player in the Recent Player Category. Eligibility criteria for the Recent Player Category is as follows: active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration; not a significant factor on the ATP, WTA or Wheelchair Tennis Tours within five years prior to induction; a distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character.
Hall of Fame induction for Wheelchair Tennis Players is voted on by the International Wheelchair Tennis Panel, which is comprised of players, journalists, administrators, and individuals who are highly knowledgeable about the sport and its history. To be inducted, an affirmative vote of 75% is required.
Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of tennis. Since 1955, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has inducted 220 people from 19 countries.
The Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony will be hosted on July 14 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event. Tickets for that day include seats for the Induction Ceremony and the tournament semi-finals, and tickets are available now on tennisfame.com or by phone at 866-914-FAME (2363).
About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport of tennis- induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1986, the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport's official Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 220 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre. Annually in July, the venue hosts the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, an ATP World Tour event. The buildings and grounds, which were constructed in 1880 by McKim, Mead & White to serve as a social club for Newport's summer residents, are renowned for their incredible architecture and preservation. The facility was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners including BNP Paribas, Campbell Soup Company, Chubb Personal Insurance, Kia Motors and Rolex Watch USA. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.