Please check back early 2014 for April and May Tennis Clinics!
Upper Macungie Township is pleased to offer tennis lessons in the township. Come join Head Tennis Pro George Henry, along with Ed Pfenninger as Assistant Pro and learn the game of tennis from some of the best instructors in the Lehigh Valley!
Over 25 Years of coaching experience. USPTA P1 Certification Trained. Coached #1 Venus and Serena Williams!!! Also coached and trained several other world ranked and top nationally ranked players. A few players included Shenay Perry (ranked #48), Steve Campbell (ranked #75) and Ahsha Rolle (ranked #50). George is also a Personal Advisor for Richard Williams.
Shortly after forming the National Urban Youth Tennis Foundation George Henry came to appreciate the depth of his commitment to tennis, the game and the business. It was then that he realized the value of the experience he has gained over the years as a player, coach and administrator. It was then that all the pieces came together.
As a player, George realized that it wasn’t enough to just hit textbook perfect strokes. He also had to have a clear head and a healthy body to be competitive. As a college player, he developed a camaraderie with his team members. Even though only a freshman, he quickly became a team leader and the person that his teammates looked to for inspiration and support. Later, as a player on the satellite circuit, alone, without the benefit of a team and a coach, he again relied on his personable qualities to unite other players in a similar situation to his. They formed an informal group that was able to share and limit expenses for travel and lodging, but most of all, to provide coaching and support to each other.
As a coach to players on the circuit, George was able to draw on his own experience as a player to identify with his players. Thus he was able to not only work on developing their on-court skills, but also to help them deal with the competitive aspects of the sport and the pressures involved in keeping focused while traveling and being away from home for long periods of time. George has also had the benefit of coaching men and women and is familiar with the different demands on their respective circuits.
Finally, as an administrator, he was able to utilize his skills as a player and coach and take it to another level. Drafting the proposal by which he was able to secure the contract with the City of North Miami and enabling him to base his Foundation out of Pepper Park, he realized the value of his diverse experience. He built a program from the bottom up. He secured the site, the financing, the equipment and the staff. He presented programs tailored to the needs of the North Miami community, for children and adults of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and skill levels. He was able to expose novice players to the sport of tennis and introduce them to players and coaches who had already made their marks in the world of tennis.
Ed is a USPTA certified teaching professional. Ed left baseball at the age of 15 and has been playing tennis ever since. He excelled in his college tennis career and during the summers, he began teaching tennis at Sea Colony Resort in Bethany Beach, Delaware. He realized that teaching tennis was a natural talent and continued to follow his calling to Florida at the Boca West Country Club.
Ed has instructed tennis at several of the areas clubs and most recently has been the tennis coach for the Quakertown High School Boys and Girls teams. Ed has a passion for tennis and has dedicated his life to the game and he believes that playing and teaching is his way of sharing that passion with future players of this “lifetime sport”.
Tennis Courts in Upper Macungie Township:
3 courts at Blue Barn located at 5770 Snowy Orchid Road in Allentown.
2 courts at Ricky Park located at 5875 Ricky Ridge Trail in Orefield.
1 court at Apple Park located at 1935 Packhouse Road in Fogelsville.