According to Mr. Kennedy, changing the lives of the children that he helps is the most important accomplishment in his career.
FAIRBURN, GA, September 16, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Sam Kennedy has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Kennedy initially excelled as a two-sport athlete in tennis and basketball in Greensboro, North Carolina and obtained a degree from Guilford College in 1978. He subsequently relocated to Atlanta in 1986, serving his community with the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club for the next decade. In 1997, he founded the South Atlanta Community Tennis Association (SACTA), a nonprofit established to teach minority and underprivileged youths the game of tennis in order to utilize the sport as a springboard for academic, athletic and lifelong profitable opportunities. Mr. Kennedy has been additionally certified as an instructor with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA).
In 2009, Mr. Kennedy accepted a position with the Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation (AYTEF) as a head coach and life skills coordinator. In this role, he expanded the foundation's programming to include more parks and recreation departments as well as additional Boys and Girls Clubs and schools in the area. In addition, Mr. Kennedy's events at the 24-court South Fulton Tennis Center have developed into one of just nine United States Tennis Association (USTA) Excellence Programs in the country. The USTA invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. Notably, Mr. Kennedy's program was recognized as the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning of the Year for the South and his team received the Educational Merit Award for the South and for the state of North Carolina.
According to Mr. Kennedy, changing the lives of the children that he helps is the most important accomplishment in his career. He notably remembers a single mother who begged him five years ago to help her two boys become part of his program, both of whom are now at Tuskegee University striving to obtain degrees in engineering and economics; he fondly recalls a phrase that she used: "A coach can change the game, but a great coach can change a life." In the coming years, Mr. Kennedy is hoping for continued success with SACTA and AYTEF.
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