| By Steven Kaplan

At the recent 2012 Annual Meeting of USTA Eastern, Section President Jeff Williams addressed junior award winners with these words of wisdom ...

"If you work hard in the classroom and continue to develop the skills for which you are being honored here today, you will turn out to be someone that is unbeatable in the most important sport of all—life."

Bravo Jeff for acknowledging that classroom and court skills are synergistic. Maybe if you visited the bubble at the National Tennis Center in Flushing on a weekday at 10:00 a.m. you could address the 30 or so school-aged Eastern Section children who are encouraged by the national governing body of your organization to attend daily. You could tell them about the value of a classroom education.

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.