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Jackie Cantrell Named USTA North Carolina Tennis Star

Congratulations to Jackie Cantrell, our USTA North Carolina Tennis Star for the month of April!

Jackie is the key volunteer coach with the Rockingham County Tennis Association (RCTA).  She began volunteering three-and-a-half years ago when Shelby Rhyne, RCTA Executive Director, walked into the Garden of Eden Center looking for someone to help teach tennis.

Although she had never played tennis prior to meeting Shelby, Jackie didn’t let that stop her from volunteering in the community. Now Jackie helps host after school Kids Tennis Clubs and summer tennis for the Bridge Street National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) location, while also volunteering at community and school festivals. Overall, Jackie has volunteered at over 250 tennis events in Rockingham County and currently serves as Secretary for the RCTA Board of Directors.

Jackie says she loves watching kids grow and develop their tennis game! The kids progress from not knowing how to hold the racquet and serving underhand, to serving overhead and sustaining rallies.