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Kirk Awarded National TDW Scholarship

J.F. Kirk, President of The Tennis Club of Camden

Kirk Awarded National TDW Scholarship

J.F. Kirk of Camden has been selected to receive a National Jr. Team Tennis Scholarship to attend the 2014 Tennis Development Workshop (TDW) in Atlanta, Ga., November 6 – 9. Congratulations, and USTA Tennessee appreciates your continued efforts to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Tennessee!

Getting to know Kirk…

What do you enjoy most about being a tennis professional?
What involvement have you had in introducing youth in your community to the lifetime sport of tennis through USTA Jr. Team Tennis?
The youth in our community have benefited greatly by the introduction of several USTA programs never before offered in this rural area. Our involvement has been to establish programs such as a Community Tennis Association, a 501 3 c not for profit club, The Tennis Club of Camden, a NJTL Chapter, a Northwest Tennessee Jr. Team Tennis League, a No-Cut high school policy and a 10 & Under Schools program. In addition to this, we have held for 5 years the Camden Open Tennis Tournament for juniors and seniors. We are presently involved with the USTA Pilot Program - Single Gender League in which 7 High Schools from 7 different counties are participating. We are involved with encouraging our kids to take advantage of the NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay contest in which we have had 4 winners, 2 National winners and 2 Sectional winners. Three winners received all expense paid trips to the US Open in New York, and 1 winner received a trip to the Winston-Salem Open US Open Series event played at Wake Forest University. Our Jr. Team Tennis programs have served as stepping stones for 6 of our players to receive college scholarships in tennis within the past 5 years.
What is your proudest tennis accomplishment?
I am more "thankful" than "proud" of any accomplishment through tennis. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a part of kids excelling in life and sports and to know that in some small way, I have had something to do with their success.

What are you looking forward to learning most at the TDW in Atlanta?
Even though I have attended many workshops, both by the USTA and the USPTA, over the past 30 plus years, I have never been to one that I didn't learn something new. This is what I expect and look forward to.