John Wooden, the great UCLA men’s basketball coach, once said, "Sports don't build character, they reveal it.”
What is your character on the court? Do you "cheat back?" Do you give up? Do you whine and complain about how the world is unfair, or do you rise above and fight with calm resolve, deliberate purpose and grace under pressure?
This moment reveals true character and, for many, will define not only who they are, but who they will become.
Be the author of your story!
Steven Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation and executive director and founder of Serve & Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally-ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.