Northern Section Teacher Lisa Rahkola
Wins Trip to US Open
August 15, 2018
Lisa Rahkola, a physical education teacher at New Discoveries Montessori in Hutchinson, Minnesota, won a trip to the 2018 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.
In spite of the fact that Rahkola remarked that she is not really sure how or why she was chosen for this remarkable trip, USTA Tennis Service Representative & Schools Coordinator, Carolyn Kramer, knew exactly why she nominated. Kramer said that Rahkola readily came to mind to nominate because of her “what can I give to help grow the game” attitude. Lisa immediately offered help to lead future workshops and to be an advocate for Net Generation and what it offers. Kramer added “Lisa loves tennis and has such a positive and generous energy about it.”
At New Discoveries there are a little over 200 kids in the preK-7th grade. ADVERTISEMENT Lisa has been teaching there for four years. A long time tennis player herself, Lisa wanted to share tennis with her students. On behalf of New Discoveries she applied for the free Net Generation materials offered by the USTA’s Northern Section and used them throughout the school year as part of her physical education curriculum.
The combination of Lisa’s passion for tennis and the Net Generation grant’s equipment and workshop led to her enjoyment implementing the program into her curriculum. Before the USTA materials arrived, there was no opportunity for the kids to play tennis at New Discoveries. Lisa was hoping that adding a tennis instruction unit would strike the interest of the kids. And she got her wish. Lisa reports that kids come to her office close to 50 times a day asking to use the tennis equipment on their breaks. Lisa is very excited about her US Open trip and has never been to New York or to a professional tennis event. This trip will be all-encompassing filled with tennis and possibly seeing a show. Lisa has been doing her research and thinks that some of the lesser known players will be fun to watch because maybe in the future they will be the big ones to watch.
This coming school year Lisa will start in a new position at her alma mater of the University of Minnesota Duluth as part of the physical education, teacher education, and health education program staff. She’s hoping that she can continue working with Net Generation to implement the curriculum into future courses she teaches.
Congratulations to Lisa from all of us at USTA Northern!