The following feature on women's tennis sophomore Holly Pappafotis appeared in the Lake Mary Life newsletter and was written by Jill Cousins.
Racquet Club at Heathrow head pro Barry Myers taught Holly Pappafotis how to play tennis when she was nine years old, and Pappafotis came back to Heathrow this summer to return the favor. During a two-week tennis camp session, Pappafotis – now a 19-year-old sophomore at the United States Military Academy at West Point – taught the game to a group of kids, ages 6-13, as part of her school’s leadership training program.
“I’ve never worked with kids before, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Pappafotis, who was joined by West Point teammate Morgen Kiser. “But it’s actually fun. I’ve even enjoyed it.” Pappafotis, whose family lives in Longwood, graduated from Trinity Preparatory School and played tennis for West Point as a freshman last season.
She chose to attend the U.S. Military Academy in New York because her father and uncle went there, and she thought it would be a good challenge.
“This may sound corny, but I didn’t want the normal college experience,” she said. “And that’s what I got. It’s tough, but it’s definitely worth it.”