Finding Fulfilment by Helping Others

April 13, 2021

USTA Mid-Atlantic’s First Responder of the Month


Admittedly, this past year has been challenging. However, during these times, Mid-Atlantic tennis players from all walks of life have stepped up to help their communities navigate through difficult times. Now that life is looking a little closer to normal and USTA Mid-Atlantic spring leagues are back in action, we want to take time to recognize our league players who are also first responders in the section.


As USTA Mid-Atlantic’s way of honoring those league players that serve the community as first responders, we are launching a new “First Responder of the Month” recognition. Each month, a first responder will be selected from USTA Mid-Atlantic adult League players nominated by YOU, our tennis family. As part of the celebration, the First Responder of the Month will receive a $100 credit to use toward their USTA League fees and will be featured on usta.com and on USTA Mid-Atlantic’s social media channels.


The USTA Mid-Atlantic Section First Responder of the Month for April is Rebecca Sech. Rebecca is a Physician Assistant and avid league player. We chatted with Rebecca to get a glimpse into her world caring for others and how tennis is a fit for her busy life.


My name is Rebecca Sech and I am 28 years old. I’m originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, which is a suburb of Philadelphia.

My parents still live in Downingtown and my older sister lives in Connecticut with her husband. Currently, I live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my four-year-old pup, Bovie. 


I started playing tennis when I was about 12 years old as part of the Coatesville Tennis School (CTS), and I played on my high school team and club team at Penn State. Additionally, I was a tennis instructor for CTS for five years during my summer breaks. Now, I like to play whenever and wherever I get a chance! I play with friends in the area and in all my different USTA Leagues. I was taking a tennis lesson and happened to meet a USTA League team captain and have joined multiple leagues since then. I’ve played women’s doubles and mixed doubles in a variety of leagues including 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, and 8.5. I am looking forward to playing some 3.5 and 4.0 singles this coming season! 


I’ve been a Physician Assistant for about 4 years and I work in surgery at Holy Cross Hospital. I spend the first half of my days assisting in the operating room and then the second part of the day completing rounds on surgical inpatients. In this field, there are many challenges, but the most challenging part is working long hours. Challenges aside, I love my job, and being able to change patient's lives is so rewarding. One thing people should know about being a Physician Assistant is that we do this job because we love to serve others. We feel appreciated and fulfilled by taking care of patients and helping them through difficult times.  


As we get back to the new normal, my advice is to do what you are comfortable with.  I think it is important for people to stay involved in what they love and what makes them happy. With that being said, stay safe!  Practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and get vaccinated!


USTA Mid-Atlantic believes that tennis creates community. We would like to thank Rebecca for her service as a Physician Assistant in our region caring for others, and for being an active part of making the Mid-Atlantic tennis community so special. 


We want to honor more first responders just like Rebecca and show our appreciation. Nominate a first responder and league player that you know by filling out THIS FORM. Each month we will review the nominees and if selected, winners will receive $100 credit to use toward their USTA League fees. Also don’t forget to follow us on  Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.


USTA Mid-Atlantic is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps people and communities grow stronger, healthier, and more connected through tennis. Learn about our impact in the Section and how you can help bring tennis to more communities throughout the region.

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