Scott Harris is a teaching pro with a simple mission. He wants to introduce as many youngsters to tennis as possible because of the many benefits derived from participating in this sport including sportsmanship, self-control and the discipline of setting and reaching goals.
He played competitive tennis as a young junior, then left the sport to concentrate on swimming. But he was eventually drawn back to his first athletic calling.
“Playing in the early 1960s as a junior, I returned to the sport of tennis after a 25-year hiatus in the hopes of restoring some physical conditioning and hand-eye coordination,” Scott says.
“I was so impressed with the progress I was able to make that I decided to start teaching it to kids so that they too might have a sport for a lifetime.”
This USPTA P-1 pro works in an after school tennis program at the three middle schools in the Jurupa Unified School District in Riverside, Calif., and offers junior tennis clinics through the Riverside Parks and Recreation Dept at Fairmount Park in downtown Riverside four evenings a week. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Riverside Junior Tennis League.
Scott is recently retired from his position as the Executive Director of Riverside Meals on Wheels Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Washington Sate University in Pullman, Wash. Scott has a strong interest in Mayan civilization and has studied the subject extensively. “I also enjoy reading and broadening my knowledge in most areas of science and history,” he says.