Missouri Valley / Heart Of America

Langford Stepping Up for Second Serve

Jerod Fox | May 24, 2021


Second Serve, a youth-run non-profit whose goal is to redistribute gently-used tennis equipment into underserved communities and enhance youth involvement in tennis, now has a presence in Kansas City thanks to standout junior player, Bryson Langford. 



Langford, who will enter her junior year at Shawnee Mission East High School in the fall,  has been connected with the CEOs of Second Serve through her involvement in tennis, and when they reached out about heading up the Kansas City region, she jumped on the opportunity.



“I’m the regional president of the Kansas City area,” Langford said. “And I’m the only member of the Second Serve team that’s based in USTA Heart of America. I love being able to be a part of the Second Serve team.”



Second Serve works to send equipment such as rackets, bags, clothing and water bottles to areas both in the United States and globally, with donations to areas of Uganda, China, Mexico, India and many other nations. Langford is beginning locally, having formed a partnership with the Stephanie Waterman Foundation to help underprivileged kids in the Kansas City area.



“Second Serve is a vehicle to help get equipment into the hands of kids that really need it,”  said Scott Hanover, Executive Director of the Stephanie Waterman Foundation. “We’re really excited to get this new partnership going and looking forward to Bryson and her team getting a lot of donations.”



While she is excited to help out in USTA Heart of America, Langford also has her sights set on expanding tennis around the globe.



“Once we’ve been able to start really getting equipment to the kids who need it most locally, I want to start donating to some of our international sites,” she said.o:



Langford is still in the process of establishing donation boxes around the city but is ready to begin accepting donations. If you would like to contribute, she can be reached via email at kblangford23@gmail.com.


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