SANDPOINT TENNIS...FALL EDITION
If you read my blog with any regularity, you'll find I am pretty impressed with North Idaho and Sandpoint, in particular. There are many reasons for being such a "Babbit" for the area...world class skiing (SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT), world class lake (LAKE PEND 'OREILLE - 5th deepest lake in the U.S. and not overly cold), spectacular mountains (SELKIRKS, CABINETS, BITTERROOTS) and unlimited activities for sport enthusiasts.
...But you know what is really cool? Sandpoint Middle School is one of the VERY few Middle Schools in North Idaho to have an organized tennis program. This is just another reason to consider Sandpoint for your next home. "Lifetime" sports are definitely a priority for the residents of this community.
As the tennis coach for both the varsity in the Spring and the Middle School in the Fall, I feel privileged to be able to work with the kids in both schools and, somehow, be a piece of the puzzle in their life journey. It is part of my journey as well and a great release from the stresses of a Realtor® (especially in this market environment).
On a practical note, the Middle School is a wonderful feeder program for varsity and a big reason Sandpoint Tennis is so strong. As a native of Minnesota, I am used to Middle School tennis programs and appreciate the value of getting the kids started early in this sport. Sandpoint's emphasis on tennis made my transition from Minnesota that much easier. The lifelong sport concept is definitely alive and well in the tennis community. The Sandpoint Tennis Association is pushing 100 adult members and the ages cover the gamut.
The Fall season will be coming to an end tomorrow (October 22) and, once again, I have seen marked improvement in our players. It is always fun to watch them mature and move on to the next level. I need to add...the young people that I have been so fortunate to coach in this town are such outstanding individuals...every one of them. I am very appreciative and thankful for this opportunity and proud to be a member of the Sandpoint community!