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LTC named Official Language Service Provider of the LPGA

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, February 13, 2013 – On the eve of the season-opening ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, the LPGA today reinforced its commitment to player development and global growth, announcing a multi-year extension with the Indianapolis-based Language Training Center (LTC) as the Official Language Service Provider of the LPGA. As part of the agreement, LTC will continue to host cross-cultural seminars, provide translation and interpretation services, and offer language training programs to LPGA players and staff.

 

“With the help of LTC, our global stars continue to be the most approachable and engaging athletes in sports,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “From the development of language skills to a better understanding of the customs in the countries we visit, LTC has truly helped the LPGA become Golf’s Global Tour.”


Since first partnering with the LPGA in 2010, LTC has seen an increase in the number of players using its services. Korean stars Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim have each used LTC in the development of English-language skills. American Vicky Hurst – whose mother’s native tongue is Korean – continues to enhance her own ability to understand and speak the language. Japanese has become an area of great interest for Spaniard Beatriz Recari, who is developing her own working knowledge of the language.

 

In all, LTC has worked directly with more than 50 players on a variety of language skills. The organization will proactively engage the Tour’s rookie class this season by hosting a series of seminars aimed at jumpstarting their inclusion in the program, with the overarching goal of aiding the LPGA in their effort to remain golf’s most globally relevant tour.

 

“After 30 years of providing language services to businesses, government agencies and sports properties, I have never seen a better fit for what we do,” said Martin George, President of Language Training Center. “The players are passionate about learning new languages and cultures. If you have never been to a tournament, make 2013 the year you attend one and chat the players up in whatever language you feel most comfortable with.  Someone on the tour will speak your language.”      

 

As a full service language provider, LTC has adapted its programs to fit the busy lifestyles of LPGA players, working alongside players at tournament sites and via Skype when players are off-site or at home.

The LTC partnership was developed with an eye toward offering language-based and cross-cultural communication assistance for LPGA professionals as they travel on Golf's Global Tour to compete in front of their fans, media and sponsors. With competitions in 14 different nations in 2013, the LPGA and LTC help prepare players and staff to best assimilate into the cultures they visit, providing heightened relevance to fans and sponsors the world over.  

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing well over two-dozen different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe. At the same time, dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent groomed for competition on the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

 

Language Training Center, Inc. Announces New President

Language Training Center, Inc. (LTC) is proud to announce Hannah Perkey as the company’s new president. Hannah will focus on overseeing the daily activities along with implementing strategy and business development initiatives to align with LTC’s growth.

“LTC has built a reputation of excellence for the past 20 years. In carrying on that tradition of excellence, we are proud to announce Hannah Perkey as the new president of LTC,” said Martin George, Chief Executive Officer of LTC. “Clients who have had the opportunity to work with her over the past 4 years have seen her dedication and commitment. Join us in congratulating her on her new role.” 

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Palm Beach Prospects Majoring in English 

St. Louis Cardinals prospects and Dominican Republic natives Carlos Martinez, Ronny Gill and Starlin Rodriguez are among those attending special English classes three times per week. 

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Players Learning a New Language 

 

In between practice and playing, Jee Young Lee finds time to study English through LPGA's partnership with the Language Training Center. Lee, picture above, works on media interview preparation, understanding idiomatic expressions and continues to learn and be surprised by American culture.

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Language Labs to Help Golfers Communicate

Prattville, Ala. - While people aroung her ate lunch, Na Yeon Choi sat digesting English vocabulary. In the clubhouse at last week's Navistar LPGA Classic, Choi was bent over a workbook with her pen poised, pondering how to use the word stereotype in a sentence.

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LPGA and LTC Partnership

"The mission of the Language Training Center falls in line with everything we aspire to achieve…” said LPGA Chief Communications Officer David Hidgon. “Our organizations both share the belief that understanding and embracing cultures and languages is an essential attribute for individuals working and playing in the global community. Our players will no doubt be enriched by the services and resources that LTC provides us.”

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LTC Highlighted for Work with LPGA’s Choi in Golf Week Magazine

As Language Training Center continues their work with the LPGA, more and more players are finding confidence in their abilities to speak a foreign language.  In a recent article by Beth Ann Baldry of Golf Week Magazine, Na Yeon Choi’s skills and personality are highlighted as well as the work LTC has done for Choi and numerous other LPGA players. To gain some insight into LTC’s program and catch a glimpse of Na Yeon Choi, click the link below: http://www.golfweek.com/news/2010/sep/09/choi-growing-more-comfortable-lpga/

LTC Language Program Credited for Helping Bridge LPGA Cultural Gap

 Language Training Center (LTC) was recently featured in an article in the Portland Tribune as the LPGA Safeway Classic tournament wrapped up on August 22nd. George and Tomasik traveled to Oregon to continue Language Training courses with 40 of the LPGA players in between practice rounds at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains. During several of the ladies language training sessions, they had the opportunity to put their new and improved skills into a real-life situation as they interviewed with Steve Brandon from The Portland Tribune.  

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LPGA’s new language program helps bridge cultural gap by Steve Brandon, The Portland Tribune, August 22, 2010.

 From Oregon to Canada, LTC continues LPGA Language Training Program

George, President of LTC, was recently featured in the Winnipeg Free Press as he tutored professional golfer Kyeong Bae at the Canadian Women’s Open. LTC is gaining momentum and attendance as LTC language instructors travel the globe with the LPGA. The one on one language training sessions are paying off for the players and people are noticing. To read the Winnipeg Free Press article, click on the link below: Where in the world is the LPGA? Look in the East. Far East by Randy Turner, August 25, 2010

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LPGA's Kim and Recari Sign with LTC to Further Language Training

LTC’s President, Martin George, Language Training Project Manager and Teacher, Erica Tomasik, and Hannah Perkey, Sales Executive traveled to Springfield, IL for the LPGA State Farm Classic to meet and discuss various language and cross-cultural trainings available to the elite ladies. Here, several athletes signed up for classes, including Inkyung Kim and Beatriz Reacari.  Kim is working to further her verbal and written communication skills in English. Recari, on the other hand, is taking language classes to learn Japanese. 

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LTC Closes Communication Gap between US and China

Language Training Center (LTC)  recently took part in the US-China Advanced Technology Vehicle Summit, which brought together Chinese automakers and Indiana component manufacturers to focus on electronic and hybrid vehicles. This was the biggest group of Chinese to ever visit the United States for an automotive-focused trip. Throughout the event, LTC provided simultaneous interpreting services for over 200 attendees to allow both American and Chinese to clearly understand all material presented in the two day event.

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Global Business Opportunities

Because of his extensive experience working internationally, LTC President, Martin George was asked to be a panelist at the Global Business Opportunities Forum. This was hosted by the Indiana Small Business Administration.  Click to read more in the SBA Informer