I cannot remember who sent this to me but I found it to be oh so true! It was probably 4-5 years ago when I first read this article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal in October of 2008 and so I actually kept the article and then had my secretary at the time type it up nicer for me so I could share with my friends in the East Cobb area of Atlanta. Here in this area we have so many people new to wealth and they lavish on their children and do their best to live up to this article. Read more…
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And Happy New Year and hope you and your family have had a wonderful Holiday Season . . .Have received a few e mails, texts and calls from coaches across the country lately saying that Kurt Kamperman is saying Coach Bryan only feels there are 1,000 kids in the US who should be playing with regulations tennis balls. I would like to make the record crystal clear here:
This is an email exchange between Wayne Bryan and another Coach. He sent it to me and I like it because he is just plain honest about what he has said through and through. There are those who would say Coach Bryan must have some hidden agenda. I say not. I say if he has a hidden agenda then he certainly is not going about it the right way to win with the USTA. He is doing it in such a way that does not work within the USTA structure. It is the power of him being forthright and honest that is propelling the message forward and making a difference. I particularly like the paragraph that begins with “Lastly, and most importantly…”
Hope you are having a nice Fall Season.
As you probably know, there was a very positive and productive meeting on Sunday, October 21, with Steve Bellamy and his concerned group with the USTA officials in Chicago about the state of our National ‘n Sectional Junior Schedule and Rankings that led to a pause on the new changes and a listening tour to be held across the country to make revisions that will be fair for all our juniors and that will hopefully bring a smile to everyone’s’ face.
I then met on the evening of Oct. 24 in Malibu and the early morning of Oct. 25 with incoming USTA President, Dave Haggerty, and USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, Kurt Kamperman. We met for a total of 7 1/2 hours and the discussions on my outline of American Tennis Concerns were fair and frank and sometimes hard hitting and a lot was learned on all sides of the issues.
Although we share many experiences in common with our sport, we come from different vantages and viewpoints – – – Dave, as the newly elected President, has served on several national committees and has been a very successful CEO of major tennis companies; while Kurt is employed by the USTA and was the former CEO of the Tennis Industry Assn. and knows Community Tennis in all sections of this country; and Wayne, who spends a good part of the year on the road emceeing ATP events and doing clinics on the tour and at clubs and schools and who coaches World Team Tennis and speaks to coaches and parents frequently.
All of us are passionate about the game and its health and future. Although the meetings were rigorous, they were at the same time cordial.
The issues discussed included: