First Volley Adaptive Tennis has certified its seventh national instructor. Amy Franklin of Charlotte, N.C. is now a certified first volley instructor for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Assistance Fund (OPAF) and will be leading clinics in the southeastern area of the country.
“When I first started working in the tennis world, my goal was to help make sure that anyone who wanted to play tennis could have the opportunity. With OPAF and First Volley, I have been able to move much closer to that goal. To see people on the tennis court with a smile after a First Volley clinic is such a pleasure. Helping people do something that they thought was unachievable makes all the difference in the world. It is an honor to be included in the numbers of First Volley instructors across the country and I look forward to participating with OPAF and First Volley across the southeast with adaptive tennis,” Franklin stated in a press release.
Franklin is the director of community development, outreach and training for United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern Section-North Carolina Tennis Association staff. Franklin is responsible for all aspects of community development, and primarily works with community tennis associations and grants. She is also a member of USTA’s National Adjunct Faculty and helps provide training and workshops to interested community groups.
“Amy brings her love of tennis and her enthusiasm to everything she does. Her passion for adaptive tennis and our population is evident in her continued participation and support of the First Volley efforts in North Carolina and in the southeast,” Robin Burton, OPAF executive director, stated. “We are thrilled to have Amy officially join the First Volley family of certified instructors and help us continue to bring the physically challenged population onto the tennis court.”