Sometimes the spark lit by a tennis racquet will turn into a bright burning!
This TCSP Member Spotlight introduces us to a very special tennis player – and recently inducted Seattle Public School Hall of Fame Basketball Player – Sue Verduin. Anyone having the honor and fun of playing tennis with Sue immediately notices her preparation, good sportsmanship, and dedication on the court. But would you guess that it was actually the basketball court that initially lit Sue’s great spark!?
Born and raised in Seattle, Sue was a Ballard High School top competitor in both tennis and basketball, but it was basketball that earned Sue a full ride scholarship to attend Seattle University and lead their Division I basketball team. Sue was an obvious standout on the basketball, but despite her achievements on the basketball court, she never lost her love for tennis, one sparked by her high school coach Bebe Burns, a longtime tennis advocate and state-ranked player whose methods planted the love of tennis deep in Sue‘s heart.
As that spark grew, her passion for athletics morphed into coaching and mentoring. Sue served on Seattle University’s board and was instrumental in guiding their athletic program in a positive direction (and not to mention the development of her own home life and children!). Here is a special reflection from her children when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame last month.
In 2016, Sue’s 18+ 4.0 USTA team took 3rd at Nationals, and currently, her 55+ 4.0 USTA team is heading to sectionals in June with hopes of getting to Nationals again. Join us in wishing Sue and her team the best of luck ahead! We look forward to seeing this great “baller” on the court and are so grateful her spark shines so brightly for all of us.