FLUSHING, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2018) – The Queens College men's and women's tennis teams were among those on hand at the Rosenthal Library on Wednesday (Feb. 21) for a lecture series presentation featuring USTA President and Chief Executive Officer Katrina Adams. Adams, also the Chairperson of the US Open and Fed Cup, was a ten-time Grand Slam doubles quarterfinalist in the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s before becoming the first former pro tennis player and first African-American to serve as President of the United States Tennis Association.
Adams addressed an intimate gathering at the Rosenthal Library with regards to her story of mentorship and success along with the importance of education and using tennis "as a vehicle to drive" many "towards their respective goals." The definition of a champion, according to Adams, is "not just what you do on the court, but how you use what you have off the court."
Richard Sec of the QC men's tennis team is familiar with Adams' story as he was a member of the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program that was kick-started by Adams. Sec called the message "inspiring" and championed Adams as a "great ambassador of the sport."
The tennis expert has also been a television commentator over the last decade and is also a staunch advocate for the rise of women in the corporate workplace.
Emy Alplund from the Knights' women's tennis team was also in the audience and found Adams' message powerful and important. "She's a great inspiration for tennis," Alplund stated after the lecture, "and it's really cool to have someone to look up to."
Adams adamantly campaigned to the audience about seeking out mentors, such as professors and fellow administrators, in order to better themselves. "When you get to where you're going," mentioned Adams, "make sure you extend a hand to help those who follow you. Let's keep that cycle going so that opportunities will continue to exist."