Board of Directors, Raleigh Clinic Coordinator
John was elected to the Board of Directions in 2018. John holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland and works in the software technology industry. He is an avid tennis player, and plays on several Raleigh USTA teams. John has enjoyed being an Abilities Tennis Instructor for the past several years, and is excited to be expanding his role with Abilities Tennis.
Wilmington Community Coordinator
A tennis player for 50 years, Billie Fitzsimons has dedicated her spare time to teaching her favorite sport at camps, public parks and private clubs. Eight years ago, Billie began coaching athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Wilmington area. Billie’s team was having so much fun on the court that they wanted to play tennis all year long. Billie hooked up with Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and began holding tennis clinics for her team every Thursday afternoon. If you stop by Empie Park between 4:40 and 6:00, year-round, you will see anywhere from 10 to 20 athletes practicing skills, short court, and full court doubles and singles, with lots of volunteers helping out. She also hosts a yearly tournament, Swing into Spring, at Empie Park. In order to raise funds for the athletes to travel to tournaments in North Carolina and other states, she hosts a fundraiser each October, the Great Pumpkin Smash held at Holly Tree.
Greensboro Community Coordinator
Jinni has been active in the tennis world, playing USTA leagues and playing at Gate City for over 15 years. She graduated Western Kentucky University with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and has worked with special needs athletes since high school. She is the Abilities Tennis and SO coach for Guilford/Greensboro area hosting clinics from August to May. She is a board member as well as merchandising chair for Racquets for a Cure (an annual tennis tournament to raise money for my local Komen Foundation). For two years she has worked diligently coordinating and promoting the fundraiser, Dancing on the Diamond, which benefits the ARC of Greensboro.
Wake Forest Coach, Online Clinic Leader
Nancy started playing tennis when she was 12. She played junior tennis and she played on the high school team. I She started teaching at the local YMCA while she was in high school. She played lacrosse in college to get the team sport experience. She and her family moved to Raleigh from Atlanta in 2009. She started coaching for the City of Raleigh Parks and Rec in the spring of 2012. Later that fall, she was the head coach of the Endeavor Charter School Girls tennis team, a position she held for 2 years. She continued to coach for the city, and soon landed a position on the tennis teaching staff. Her years of taking lessons carried her into the position she now holds as Assistant tennis pro for the City of Raleigh. She teaches all ages and abilities in private/group/team lessons. She also works for Raleigh Tennis Association (RTA), as the expansion coordinator, as well as the Director of Tournaments. She is licensed as a cardio tennis professional. In her spare time, she plays tennis! She is a native of Ohio, and reside in the City of Raleigh with her husband Grant, daughter Elizabeth, son James and dog Tucker.
Coach, Concord Clinics
Coach, Raleigh and Wake Forest