Adams: She does it all for the kids

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ginny Adams hits balls to students in a recent camp session. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

It’s more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit on LBWCC’s tennis courts, but it’s just a normal day for Andalusia Tennis Association instructor Ginny Adams.

Since 1996, Adams has taken to the courts as a volunteer and instructor for Andalusia’s tennis program.

From 1996-1999, Adams along with local moms, ran the tennis program and in 1999, the Andalusia Tennis Association took over, she said.

“They (the ATA) took it over for a few years and went into a partnership with the city,“ Adams said. “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without John Vick.”

In the first three years, Adams served as a volunteer for the program before it became the ATA.

During the year, she serves as a kindergarten teacher at Andalusia Elementary School, and volunteers throughout the year.

During the summer, Adams spends two months at LBWCC, teaching tennis techniques to kids from age 5 to high school.

When asked why she’s been doing this for so long, Adams said it’s because she “loves tennis.”

It’s just always been my favorite sport, and I’ve always had my hand in it all of the time,” she said.

Adams added that what really made her come back to instructing tennis after having children — Mary Elizabeth (Sissy), 9; and Will, 12 — was because she wanted them to play tennis.

“I kind of steered them toward tennis, but I still let them do whatever they like,” she said.

“Now, basically Sissy is just concentrating on tennis and Will is playing tennis and baseball.

“I’m heavy into it as a parent, but I’m wanting other kids in Andalusia to play it,” she said.

Recently, Adams became certified in junior development by the Professional Tennis Registary (PTR). PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teachers and coaches.

Additionally, she is a part of the Professional Tennis Association (PTA) and also coordinates tennis programs for the city’s department of leisure services.

Jackson Moore, a rising sophomore at AHS and camp participant, said Adams does a great job instructing the campers, including himself.

“If you’re doing something that you need correcting, she ‘ll help you do it the right way.”

Moore said Adams has helped his game in high school, where he said she emphasizes being more consistent.

“That’s the main thing you need at the high school level — to be consistent,” he said.

From the first day of camp to the last, Adams said what keeps her coming out is her “love of the game.”

“And, for other kids to fall in love with it and have a sport to play when they’re 90 years old,” she said.

“For some of these kids, tennis is the only thing they do.

“It just makes me feel good that they come out here every day and practice,” she said.