The Racquet Sports Industry (RSI) has named JTCC’s Jordan Zimmerman “2021 Junior Tennis Champion of the Year.”
The prestigious national award was the result of Zimmerman’s innovative idea to promote teenage girls to be active and engaged in their community during the COVID pandemic in 2020.
Zimmerman created “One Hit Wonders”, a program designed for girls ages 11-16 as a mentorship opportunity for young girls to be coached by women. The program was part of the USTA Mid-Atlantic Junior Team Summer Community Challenge.
“One of my favorite parts of coaching tennis is the informal exchange of knowledge and culture between upper and lower classmen,” Zimmerman said. “In my coursework for my master’s degree, we learned how girls in tennis really struggle to find female role models due to a shortage of female coaches,” Zimmerman said.
Three JTCC players were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the “One Hit Wonders” program. Sophie Haar, Simryn Musante, and Navia Vohra won individual awards from USTA Mid-Atlantic for their commitment to the Summer Community Challenge.
“One Hit Wonders” additionally won the overall title for the Summer Community Challenge that included 18U, 14U, 12U, and 10U/8U age divisions.
“Jordan recognizes how much good can come when young athletes are inspired to not only be great on the court, but become champions for and within their local communities,” commented Rachel Kros, Director of Competition and Youth Play at USTA Mid-Atlantic.
When he created “One Hit Wonders”, Jordan Zimmerman was the Assistant Director for Tennis Growth and has now been promoted to JTCC Director of Adult Tennis where he intends to continue to develop lifelong tennis players.
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