In Tennis, the game always starts with love. This means that both players are at zero – we like to call it “love all”. This long held tradition dates all the way back to the Victorian period and originated in France where the game of Tennis itself was created. It was loved then by both royalty and commoners alike, and to this date the modern game of Tennis is played by over 18 million people within The United States alone.
My personal journey with Tennis began in my high school days. Upon joining my high school tennis team as an athletic experiment, I soon realized that this game was something more to me, but little did I know how much I would come to love it. Fast forward to current times, I have grown from playing for fun to passionately sharing my love of tennis with everyone around me. I am proud to say that I have successfully hooked my family and friends on Tennis, and the amount of joy we get from it is immeasurable. Tennis has given me moments that I will always cherish.
Coaching is the platform that allows me to share my knowledge and passion. With over 7 years of experience coaching Tennis throughout Fairfax County to students ranging in ages from 5 to 70, it is a pleasure for me to be doing what I love as part of the JST Family. I am honored to be the Director of Tennis for an organization that truly cares about its students and the community that it services. My mission is to help make playing Tennis accessible to anyone who desires to learn it and to make it into a lifelong skill that will enhance your overall quality of life. Through physical fitness goals and mental fortitude, the game of Tennis is a fun way to learn important life skills. It is an activity that I truly believe everyone should experience.
I always knew that I wanted to help make a change in the world in some way. Working with kids, I experienced the positive long-term impact sports and dance classes could have on their lives and wanted to provide these classes for kids that normally may not have the opportunities to participate. I created JST because I knew it could be a way to make that change – currently, many students are sponsored for our after-school enrichment programs in Maryland and Virginia.