WHAT IS SATA?

Founded in 2016, SATA is a 501(C)(3) comprised of tennis enthusiasts and community leaders centered on bringing families together through healthy physical activity, and mentoring youth through the sport of tennis.

Tennis Match

CHARACTER

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

ACTIVE LIVING

 

Through SATA’s successes to date, the organization is now a recognized chapter of the USTA National Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program (www.ustafoundation.com/njtl_network)


In addition to our mission to promote education attainment, our promotion of character development is taught through V.A.L.U.E.S. education. This education emphasizes six core principles:

VICTORY

in effort,

not outcome

ATTITUDE

LEAD

by example

UNIQUELY

gifted

EMBRACE

challenge

STAY

strong

 

MEET THE COACHES

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Eddie Blackburn

Coach Eddie Blackburn is a PTR-certified instructor with decades of experience working with adults & juniors of all levels.  Coach Eddie first started playing tennis in the National Junior Tennis & Learning Program led by Arthur Ashe in Philadelphia, PA.

 

He later played college tennis at St. Augustine's University and served our country in the U.S. military.  Coach Eddie is an integral part of SATA's coaching staff and advisory board. 

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Rusty Lovell

Rusty Lovell is Director of Programming for SATA and a USPTA-certified tennis instructor in the Danville area. He currently works at Stratford Tennis Club and has over 10 years coaching experience with juniors and adults of all levels.

Coach Rusty has been developing youth and adult tennis in southwestern VA over the past four years. His classes focus on energetic clinics using fun, game-based learning to peak interest and motivation.

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Gray Moore

Coach Gray is a former Alabama High School State Champion and highly successful junior tennis player.

 

Coach Gray has been teaching SATA's outreach programs, High Performance Clinics, and private lessons. He enjoys working with kids of all ages and abilities.

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Martin Ringstaff

Coach Martin Ringstaff has been playing tennis for over 37 years and previously held the USPTR Teaching Pro Certification. He began in Richlands High School and continued on into college where he played his first year at Lees McRae College his first year before transferring to Virginia Intermont College.

 

Martin has coached in numerous places across the United States including at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, NC, Gloucester High school in Gloucester, VA, and at Nike Tennis Camps (Previously known as Offense-Defense Tennis Camp) in Boston, MA. He is also on the SATA Board of Directors.

 

MEET THE BOARD