#MAKEITHAPPENSimone Spigner, tennis coach & mentor
I can honestly say that gratitude, respect and appreciation are my driving passions. Tennis has been such a blessing to my family and what a great way to show my gratitude—by working in the field that has brought us such joy and opportunity.
Tennis gives kids a sense of responsibility, honesty and ownership. It's the only junior sport where, in most competitive matches, there are no referees on the court. Children must be honest and depend on the honesty of their opponent. There is no coaching during a match; they have to figure it out on their own. At HJTEP, our mission is to make champions in life, school, and tennis.
Since it's summer, a typical day starts with our trainer at 7:30 AM, working out before the campers begin trickling in at 8:30 AM. Through the course of the day, I spend my time teaching, running back and forth to the Armory, where my office is. You can frequently catch me courtside on my laptop making arrangements, answering emails, and creating fun opportunities for our kids. Our camp ends at 5 PM and I give private lessons for an hour or two. Then I walk home and get greeted by my 1-year-old granddaughter, Shiloh, for playtime.
To me, #MAKEITHAPPEN means by any means necessary, finding a positive way to achieve your goals.
Work hard, do your research, and have fun.
1. A smile
Having my first child at 29 changed my life in so many ways. She gave me a purpose and helped me realize I absolutely love working with kids. Because of Shayna, I fell in love with tennis again.
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