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February Volunteer of the Month - Nita Klingenberg

February 3, 2009 04:03 PM
By: Tori Townsend

Birthplace: Kimberley, South Africa
Family Members Include: Brian Sephton (my husband), our four children - Nicholas, Thomas, Anna and Ben, and our four dogs Flieka, Simba, Chimera and Sammy
Favorite Movie: Milagro Beanfield War
Favorite Food: Pesto with pasta and a glass of ice cold Pinot Grigio
Favorite Travel Spot: Paris
Favorite Tennis Stroke/Shot: The serve


Nita and her daughter, Anna, at the Florida Tennis Center
 in Daytona Beach for the JTT Fall Section Tournament


Nita Klingenberg of Longwood has impacted hundreds of children in Region 4 through her leadership as a USTA Jr. Team Tennis captain. For twelve seasons, Nita has used USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) as a vehicle to motivate kids to play the sport of tennis, which she says is her biggest success. “I see as my success having happy, motivated children on our team wanting to play tennis, get better and supporting their teammates,” she said. Nita is an enthusiastic supporter of JTT, the organization’s flagship program, and USTA Florida appreciates her dedication and recognizes her contributions in February as its 2009 Volunteer of the Month!

Besides encouraging kids to sign up and form teams out of Sanlando Park in Seminole County, Nita led her team, The Sandlando Acers, to a first place finish in Flight I (12 and under Intermediate division) at the USTA JTT Fall Section Tournament in 2008. Last year, the Acers also advanced to the Georgia/Florida Jr. Team Tennis Challenge in Jacksonville under Nita’s guidance. Her selfless leadership attracts kids to her teams, parents to her aid, and staff to her praises. For her, tennis is always a team endeavor.

“I like to volunteer in tennis because it builds strong, healthy children and strong, healthy communities,” she said.

QUICK Q&A

My earliest tennis memory was…My parents playing with their wooden racquets in South Africa on a court surrounded by thorn trees and African veld.

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be…Martina Navratilova, my father in law who has passed away and was the veteran champion for South Africa at the age of seventy five, and my husband (we never have the time!)

When I am not playing tennis I am… A mother, an artist and a believer in doing things in the community I live in to make it a better place for all our children and their families.

Best ever tennis memory…Watching a brilliant doubles match with Ehrlich and Ram playing at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne.


 

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