Founder and Executive Director
A passion for tennis. A passion for fun and fitness.
An organizer, teacher, motivator, linguist.
Internationally experienced. Women’s advocate. All
this and more.
Who is this multi-talented woman with great zest
for life? Kay Butler-tennis professional certified
by the United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR)
and is a teaching pro at the
Palm Springs Tennis Club.
After living in Antwerp, Belgium, since 1982,
she discovered this beautiful desert on a vacation
about 7 years ago. It was, as with many, “love at
first sight”. She became fascinated with the
possibilities of developing her tennis career anew.
She loved the resort atmosphere and the
international favor that she was so familiar with
while living in Europe. She loved the climate. The
wonderful people that she met intrigued her. She was
After her arrival, she set out to use her
seemingly boundless energies and ideas for creating
programs for newcomers and players of all abilities.
Her philosophy is simple. Have fun while you
play. Her belief is that we all need to “keep
moving”, and once we stop we are in trouble. We do
so much running and moving while playing the game of
tennis that we do not even realize it. Only when we
feel or see our bodies getting stronger do we then
grew up in a small town in South Texas called
Falfurrias. With her identical twin, Karen, they won
the Texas State Tennis Championship twice. She went
to college on a tennis scholarship. She has a
master’s degree in recreation administration, and
leisure studies, and a bachelor’s degree in physical
education, and art. Taught school for 17 years in
the public school system of Texas as a high school
and junior high tennis teacher/ coach. At the same
time, she taught at the community college level and
also developed a tennis program for the parks and
recreation department in Wichita Falls, Texas.
In 1982, she moved to Antwerp, Belgium, (going
for only one year and stayed 16 years), created and
managed a tennis organization that provided American
and international expatriate communities the
opportunity to learn and play this wonderful sport.
She also taught tennis for the Antwerp International