Stuart Woody was the Nottingham High School girls’ tennis coach in 2005, and since then, has taught club tennis, gone to graduate school, and taught math. But his newest venture has him super excited because it’s tennis related and because all of his experiences are now rolled into one. Woody, a University of Virginia graduate who lives in Lawrenceville, also has an opportunity to make an impact on youth and help grow the sport.
He and his wife Winnie, a Columbia grad who played high school tennis in Princeton and most recently has been a corporate recruiter, purchased a TGA Premier Youth Tennis franchise and are in the beginning stages of introducing it to area schools, child-care centers, and community-based organizations. The California-based sports company specializes in after-school tennis enrichment programs in elementary and middle schools. It was founded in 2003 with just a golf component. Last year, it launched the tennis enrichment program in partnership with the USTA, which helped design a curriculum. They already have franchises in ten states, four of which are in New Jersey and one which is run by former world No. 4 Todd Martin in Florida.
“We can bring tennis to you,” Woody said. “We’re trying to get kids hooked. We have no idea where this is going to go, but we’re going live with our first program in Mercer County at Incarnation St. James School in Ewing.”
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