Native of Boston, Massachusetts, Leslie was a gifted student-athlete ranking top 10 nationally as a sprinter.
Leslie studied Liberal Arts at the University of Maryland then followed her passion for nutrition and hospitality attending Newbury College and graduating from Johnson and Whales University in Rhode Island.
Leslie taught private cooking classes, ran a home-based catering company and worked as a baker in a gourmet food shop in order to pay her way through school. After graduation she accepted a job as the head pastry chef for a Boston based catering company.
Returning to her love of athletics, Leslie spent several years coaching the girl’s high school track and field team in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as developing into an enthusiastic player and avid fan of tennis.
Now a devoted wife and proud mother of 3 beautiful children, Leslie’s love of sport and commitment to improving the life experiences and expanding opportunities for children has contributed to the vision of High Altitude Tennis Academy.
Ryan takes you through all of the steps essential to hitting a great two-handed backhand volley. He’s assisted by HAT’s own Emily Untermeyer. Get your Fix this Friday with High Altitude Tennis.
Vania King has a great Two Handed Backhand Volley! Many people look down on the two handed backhand volley. There is absolutely no shame in having a two handed backhand volley.
I have had pro players visit us at HAT who were not able to keep the racket head above the level of the net (because of strength in the shoulder) who we had to change to the two handed backhand volley. We teach them how to hit a proper one handed backhand volley at the same time so they can hit a volley on the stretch. Many young juniors switch too soon from a two handed backhand volley to a one handed backhand volley because they see older, better players using one hand. If the player cannot support the weight of the racket, it is crucial that they stay with a two handed backhand volley to ensure proper technique. This will promote proper mechanics when they are ready and strong enough to switch to a one handed backhand volley.
Head out to the courts, give the two handed backhand volley a try and let us know how it goes! Give it some time and repetition and you will be hitting the best volleys of your life!
Karen reached out to HAT, hoping for an opportunity to train and travel on the WTA circuit with the expert coaching team. You see Karen does not come from a family of professional athletes or parents who are well to do. They are an every day family, with an extraordinary daughter; fighting her way to the top of the game, often facing what seem to be insurmountable obstacles.
Traveling the world every week playing tournaments in not so glamorous locations, often alone, with enormous pressures from home and from self, can be overwhelming. Breaking through as a professional tennis player is extremely difficult. It certainly demands skill, talent and dedication; however, it also requires a tremendous amount of emotional and financial support.
Becoming a top-ranked tennis player does not happen automatically. “I didn’t just wake up one day thinking, ‘Wow, I want to be a tennis player!’ says Karen, “It all came gradually. I started playing when I was six on a vacation in Romania, and got really into it and practiced a lot. When I came home (to Denmark), I was playing quite well, started winning a lot and kept practicing – people and coaches started noticing me.
Karen credits her involvement with HAT for much of her success both on and off the court. “Those involved with HAT are ambitious and talented. The organization provides a nurturing environment so that you can take your tennis to the next level. I have learned a lot and have had a lot of experiences that I feel I can take with me ‘till later in life.” Karen’s goal is to be in the Top 100 WTA singles and to play Grand Slam events.
Brent, a California native, has been a student of the HAT methodology for nearly a decade and was HAT’s very first intern and has since earned his way to become HAT’s Director of Tennis. Brent previously worked for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Boston Lobsters World Team Tennis Franchise, and the Champions Tour. He is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Brent has a tremendous passion to provide every one of his students life lessons through powerful teaching in tennis fundamentals, tactics and match strategies that will last a lifetime.
17 Years of high level sports experience
14 Years of tennis experience
8 Years of coaching experience
Selected as USTA Intermountain Zone Team Coach (2014)
HAT Teaching Method Certified
Brent has coached/Consulted with numerous ITF & professional players including:
At home in Peru, he rises before school to practice tennis or work out. After school Marcos plays tennis for two hours followed by an hour of fitness training. Then it’s dinner, homework, sleep and the whole process starts over again. His schedule is very demanding, but Marcos will tell you that he wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is only a part of Marcos’ story. Traveling to-and-from school and the courts is on foot or by taxi. “In Peru, some of the streets have trash spread out on the road and you have to know where you are because there are dangerous parts and there is a lot of traffic. Here, (in the U.S.) everything is really far away so you must have a car so you can manage yourself, (but) everything is so clean. There is no pollution and everywhere is really safe so you don’t have to worry about your security.”
Having the desire to excel at tennis and realizing that expert training in a safe environment was not possible for him, Marcos reached out to High Altitude Tennis Academy Director, Ryan Segelke.
His first visit in 2013 was for a brief two weeks. “It was such an awesome, life-changing experience”, remembers Marcos. HAT was then able to obtain funding enabling Marcos to return to the U.S. over his school break in 2014.
The results were not anything less than incredible – for Marcos, for his family, for the coaches and entire HAT Community. “The first time I played in an indoor tournament, I could feel the rush of adrenaline.” Training at HAT is hard work, but Marcos is learned so much both on and off the court. “I love this sport and I never get tired of it. It teaches me a lot of things, especially to never give up and to fight for your goals not matter what happens because there is always a solution.”
Marcos has set his sights high – wanting to play tennis professionally. However, he is also quite practical, “My life plan is to try to get a full scholarship to one of the best universities [Division I] so that I can improve my game. When I finish university I am going to try to play on the professional tennis tour, knowing that when I finish my studies, and if something unexpected happens, I can still work.”
Don’t forget to block your date on 10th October 2015 for The HAT FUND 1st Annual Charity Event in Denver, Colorado.
The HAT FUND cordially invites you and your friends to an entertaining, informative, thought-provoking evening featuring nationally syndicated, award winning artist, Keith Knight who will be presenting his not to be missed slideshow, They Shoot Black People, Don’t They: A Cartoonists Look at Police Brutality.
Knight’s combination of sharp, witty cartoons and emotional storytelling will make you laugh, cry, wince, think and (hopefully) act to make this world a more positive place.
And don’t miss a performance by local musicians LeAnn Ferrell and Travis Paul.
Starting this week, every Monday we will be giving the spotlight to one of our Staff members who, inch by inch gives their full support to our organization. They will also be sharing their experience among the younger generations. This week we are highlighting the profile of Brian Lindberg – HAT Tennis Teaching Professional.
Brian Lindberg is originally from Colorado and started playing tennis at the age of 5 years old. Brian developed into an elite junior player in Minnesota eventually achieving a college scholarship to the College of St. Scholastica where he was selected to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference All-Conference team for both athletics and academics.
Brian completed his internship at High Altitude Tennis in 2013 and soon after was awarded the Men’s and Women’s coaching job at Ripon College in the fall of 2013. Realizing his passion was in helping top junior scholars learn the life lessons required to be successful at the collegiate level and beyond, he returned to High Altitude Tennis in 2015. Brian loves photography and climbing 14ers. He also has earned the nickname “storm” for his very accurate weather reports.
Brian’s View on HAT:
“I believe HAT is definitely a hidden gem on a national scale. The system that is taught here, the strength training and conditioning, and the individualized attention given to every student combines to offer a level of improvement unparalleled by other programs in the nation. I’ve not only seen our system work here but also in my time teaching in Wisconsin. The HAT method is capable of holding its own at every level of the game. The HAT Fund is a great compliment to HAT as well allowing juniors access to a program like ours that they might not have otherwise had.
Boston, Massachusetts: The HAT Fund will be hosting a series of Meet-and-Greet Fundraisers in major cities throughout the U.S. in 2015 and have scheduled one for Tuesday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Stella Restaurant, 1525 Washington Street in Boston’s South End.
The HAT Fund is dedicated to creating pathways to success through sports and education by assisting underserved aspiring young scholar athletes to ensure that they have the opportunities, guidance and tools to flourish on and off the court. Leslie Segelke, co-owner with her husband Ryan of High Altitude Tennis in Parker, Colorado, founded the HAT Fund.
“I’ve recognized the students we work with in addition to being passionate, driven athletes are burgeoning young leaders eager to learn what is necessary to take full advantage of life’s opportunities”, states Leslie. “I’ve also felt the frustration of being unable to help so many kids with that glimmer in their eye…wanting so desperately to be given the best chance to succeed…and willing to make the sacrifices that great success requires. That frustration, or the unwillingness to give in to obstacles, gave life to the HAT Fund.”
To help make this fundraiser available to everyone interested, the cost of admission is $20, which includes one complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvres and great company. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the door for $5 each for the chance to win 2 box seat tickets to the 2016 ATP Tour at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. There will also be a silent auction where attendees can bid on sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates and exciting other gift items. A short presentation about the HAT Fund will be included, but the evening is more about meeting other tennis and sports minded people in the Boston area.
To date, HAT has donated more than $75,000 to provide scholarships and educational resources for up-and-coming junior tennis players from around the world.
For additional information about the Boston Meet- and-Greet, please contact:
Ryan Segelke at email@example.com or Gary Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the HAT FUND, please contact Leslie Segelke at email@example.com.
The HAT FUND, INC is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Event Date: JULY 21, 2015 5:30pm-7:30pm
Venue: STELLA RESTAURANT
For Tickets, Click here http://www.eventbee.com/v/hfeventboston