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USTA SC Has a New Senior League Coordinator

August 22, 2006 04:28 PM
Jimmy Sain

USTA South Carolina has named a new State Senior League Coordinator. Jimmy Sain has been gracious enough to volunteer for the position, and we are grateful to have him. Growing up in Athens, Tennessee, a town of about 13,000, Jimmy claims to have had one of the ugliest tennis games around. He took up the sport in high school as his team was a man short and quickly grew to love the game. His favorite aspect of the game was that although you didn’t have to be huge or muscular to play, you could make huge muscular guys ‘call uncle’ as the quarterback of his high school football team found out one afternoon.

Jimmy is a strong advocate of the game who has been president of the Upper Piedmont Tennis Association for the last five years, and has also been a site coordinator during the state playoffs. His dedication to the game comes through in his words:

“When Mary Goins first asked me to be a site coordinator during the state playoffs, I felt it to be a great honor - and still feel that way - probably the thing I look most forward to year-after-year. Helping the other site coordinators during the state playoffs has taught me the true meaning of "giving back." The volunteers work really long and hard hours so that the local league winners have the best tennis atmosphere possible in which to play. Many times they deal with delays, unhappy players, unfriendly weather and some really GREAT people. They leave the courts (after the players have left) just as exhausted as if they had played, only to return again the next morning before the players have to be at court. It truly has humbled me to see the positive spirit with which they perform their work.”

Jimmy’s love and passion for the game are not only evident in his words; he wants to be on a team that wins a state title. As he’s been on runner up teams twice, he certainly has the skill, and maybe before his tennis career is up, he’ll get that little bit of luck.

In his non-tennis life, Jimmy is the Director of Pharmacy for South Carolina for National Health Care. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 1997, and he returned to the University for his Doctor of Pharmacy, which he received in 1997. He is Past-President of the South Carolina Pharmacists Association, and currently is President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He was named South Carolina’s Pharmacist of the Year, in 1991. Jimmy says that his passion as a pharmacist is working with a physicians and pharmacists to see “to the well being of our senior citizens who often cannot speak or take care of themselves.”

Jimmy Sain says that he feels extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to give back to both the career and the sport he loves. We here at the USTA certainly feel lucky to have someone of Jimmy’s stature on our team and we all look forward to working with him.