Stan Smith

The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island will kick-off its 60th year Sept. 22 with a “Picnic in the Park,” to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mary Ann Peeples Pavilion at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

The keynote speaker with be Stan Smith, Wimbledon and U.S. Open Champion, Adidas tennis shoe great and Hilton Head resident. The kick-off luncheon will be a picnic with individually packaged lunches catered by Signe’s Heavenly Bakery.

Attendance will be limited in compliance with social distancing mandates.

WAHHI will also be collecting new medium size, simple style backpacks (black, red, or dark blue) for Backpack Buddies. These empty backpacks will be distributed to schools in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for students who participate in the Backpack Buddies program to receive food for the weekends.

For those who cannot attend, Stan Smith’s keynote presentation will be broadcast on Facebook Live beginning at noon.

Smith dominated tennis in the early 1970s, winning the U.S. Open in 1971 and Wimbledon in 1972. In his career he has won 39 singles titles. He also represented his country in the Davis Cup for 10 years, helping to win the coveted championship seven times. Stan won the 35-and-over title at Wimbledon in 1984 and 1985 and at the U.S. Open in 1984.

Smith was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 2011 became the President of the organization. He is also world renowned for the Stan Smith Adidas tennis shoe. Adidas and Smith signed an endorsement contract in 1973 and since 1978 the shoe we know today was officially renamed the Adidas Stan Smith.

Smith is the Co-Founder and currently Manager of the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy at Sea Pines Resort started in 2002.

The cost to attend the event is $22 for WAHHI members and $27 for guests. The picnic is open to the public and WAHHI encourages women of all ages to consider membership as the organization begins its new year of programming.

To register for the luncheon, visit or contact Sandee Brooks at

Founded in 1961, the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island is a group of almost 800 women who are active in civic, cultural and philanthropic activities in the Bluffton and the Hilton Head community. Membership in the Women’s Association is open to residents of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Daufuskie Island.

For more information regarding membership, contact Linda Jackson at