Aquatics

Member Testimonial: Learning to Swim at Aspen Hill Club

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By: Dave Hilmer, AHC Member

I’ve been a life-long swimmer and love the Aquatics Program at Aspen Hill Club since 2005. It is the main reason I joined Aspen Hill Club. Once I had a child, Alexander Hilmer, one of the first things I was looking forward to was having him learn how to swim. When he was five months old we went on a vacation in January, 2019 to Florida and I immediately knew he wanted to swim, since he only spent about 2 minutes in the infant shaded floating inner-tube before he got bored and wanted to get out and swim by his own.  I held him by his underarms and he was kicking and paddling like a storm!

 

Soon after that experience we started lessons with James Morrison (AKA “Mr. James”) and he took off. After about three lessons both he had learned from James a lot of the how to swim basics, and was doing really well in the water.  By Spring 2019 he became a fixture at the pool, as I spent at least an hour every day swimming with him (and thank you to the wonderful Childminding service at the club, I got my swimming in too after he was done!).  He started with the “puddle jumper” recommended by James, and first put his face in the pool to swim by himself.  With the help of James, I then started to “dunk” him a bit so his face was underwater and he started feeling comfortable with it.  It has been shown that children under 12 months have the natural ability to hold their breath when underwater, so I was determined to get him comfortable with having his face underwater by this point. Summer came around and both my Mother-in-law and I were taking him to our community pool and the Aspen Hill pool, so he was swimming twice a day, and graduated from the “puddle jumpers” to a pool noodle, and started needing swim goggles since he had his face in the water more often than not! By the Fall of 2019 he was independent of the pool noodles (he actually threw them off and started swimming by himself) and started grabbing for the toys on the bench sticking his face underwater by himself – and soon after he was able to grab diving toys from the bottom of the pool with a little push from his Dad, and again with the supervision, encouragement, and help from James. Now, at 19 months, he is starting to lift his head by himself and breathe and basically swim to the wall and bench all by himself.

 

It did take a lot of work – going swimming with him every day for at least an hour – when he’s healthy – but the great set-up at the pool with the Aspen Hill Club community, lifeguards and staff, especially James Morrison and Terry Kominiski, I think my son has a great future in swimming! Of course, as a Father, I have enjoyed every minute in the water with my son, seeing him learn how to swim, and being so proud of his ability, with the enormous help of the Aspen Hill Club community!

 

 

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Member Spotlight: Tim Hahn – February 2020

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Tim Hahn and family

Just about everyone sees Tim Hahn before the reach check-in at the Aspen Hill Club. Members are greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. Tim owns the Aspen Hill Sports Shop and has spent time talking with just about every member. But who is he? How does he know so much? This month we are going to take some time getting to know Tim!

Tim’s interest in tennis began when he was in middle school—he was glued to the Borg vs McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon Championship match. After that contest, Tim started playing in the neighborhood. Before he knew it he was a member of the Walter Johnson Varsity Team. Tim continued playing recreationally while attending University of Maryland—where he studied Mathematics.

Tim’s studies lead him to a successful career in his field of study. One day one of Tim’s friends talked to him about becoming a partner in Sports World—a sports shop in nearby Glenmont, Md. This opportunity spoke to Tim, after all—he was passionate about tennis, running, and athletics in general. Tim was excited about this opportunity and jumped at the chance for a MAJOR career change!

As co-owner of Sports World, Tim hit the ground running. He learned as much as he could about tennis equipment. In fact, Tim earned certification as a Master Racket Technician. It is this ability to have a deep understanding about equipment & technology that helps bring Tim a smile as a small business owner now at Aspen Hill Sports Shop. “It brings me joy when one of our members tells me that I helped make a difference in their game.  They let me know that I helped them, and I feel really good! I’m helping them be better at what they love doing!” explains Tim.  Tim often uses technology to help customers with injuries, “Certain strings can help with tennis elbow. It really can make their pain go away!” Other times Tim helps players achieve more power or control in their tennis game by switching rackets. Tim’s expertise has been relied on by the ATP tennis pros—Tim has been a racket stringer at the Citi Open 13 times!

Not only is Tim “book smart” about tennis, he also has got serious game! Tim is a 5.0 player himself and plays almost every day with tennis buddy  Milton White and Aspen Hill Club pros John Parsley, Jeff Klein, and Mark Ortiz. Playing tennis helps Tim feel good, “Tennis to me is about meditation, it’s relaxing. I feel good and I am constantly trying to hit the perfect stroke!”

You may have wondered around the shop and thought to yourself “Geez! Tim sure does have a lot of running shoes for a tennis shop!”—well, there is good reason for that. Before Tim’s life was centered around tennis, he focused his athletic skills in another way—as a marathon runner! Tim has run in 14 marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon and the Boston Marathon. Tim’s personal record was 2 hours 36 minutes, which had him competing in the US Olympic trials in Korea!!! So if Tim offers you advice on running shoes, you should know with confidence that he knows his stuff.

Aspen Hill Club has been an important part of Tim’s life well before he moved in with the Aspen Hill Sports Shop. As his children, Meghan and Alex, grew up—the family had a home at Aspen Hill Club. They have grown up being fixtures on the courts and became fantastic players—both playing on NCAA Division 1 tennis scholarships. Tim is a student of the game and enjoyed learning as much as possible about tennis—becoming PTR Certified Professional himself.

Tim views Aspen Hill Club as a special place and he’s happy to call it home. “There are so many great pros here at the Club, some focus on mental aspects while others emphasize technical skills. The tennis pros do a fantastic job catering to members. I really enjoy helping my customers get set up to play and then help them find the right pro!” says Tim.

 

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Member Spotlight: Much More than Just a Workout – Brill Family – December 2019

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Marlie and Andy had always enjoyed being a member of a gym, and when they moved to a new area in 2012 they had nowhere to go. With some research, Marlie uncovered a hidden gem! She knew she needed somewhere that she could go to work out, but what she found was something much more.

Marlie explains part of her search process, “I didn’t know The Club was there and didn’t know anyone that was a member…I worked from home and needed somewhere that would watch the kids when I was working out.” Eric gave Marlie a fantastic tour during her first visit, Marlie was so impressed with what she had unearthed that she joined that very night.

When Marlie first joined the Club, Matt was 2 years old while Ben was 5. The boys started out in Child Minding, and that first summer they entered Mindy’s Kids Kamp. The kids loved going to Aspen Hill because they did so many fun activities. The family were regular participants in Aspen Hill Club’s kids’ activities such as our annual Pumpkin Carvin’ Party, Trick-or-Treat Parade and our annual Gingerbread House Party.

During summertime Kids Kamp one of the daily activities is playing 30-minutes of tennis. The kids continued going to Kids Kamp for four years and continued playing tennis, but enjoyed the other activities more! It wasn’t until this past Summer that Matt and Ben focused on tennis camp. Matt and Ben both participated in full-day Champion’s Tennis Camp and their tennis games flourished! Both participated in their first competitions—being members of Aspen Hill Club’s Championship-winning Junior Interclub Team and even entering their first sanctioned USTA tennis tournaments.

Marlie stays busy while the kids are playing tennis. She regularly has personal training sessions with Heather, which she enjoys even though Marlie says (about Heather) “She kicks my butt! But it’s great.” Marlie also enjoys swimming workouts in the pool and has been attended Jeff Klein’s Saturday morning Beginner Tennis Drills.

Andy grew up playing tennis for fun and envisioned playing tennis at Aspen Hill Club when they became members. He didn’t realize that the boys would be so into playing, but he’s happy that tennis is such a great family bonding time. The family often plays doubles, in fact, they are in the process of upgrading their membership to “Presidential” so they can move their weekly neighborhood tennis games indoors during the winter season. In addition to tennis, Andy enjoys playing racquetball with friends at the Club.

The Brill family stays very active with many activities at the Club, but what really makes the space special to Marlie is the relationships that she has built, “I like that the staff have been there, they know my kids and look out for them. Heather let me know that Ben hit a winning forehand in a tennis match!” The kids know that they have family friends in the staff too, in fact, the cool lifeguard (James) helped him pull out his first tooth!”

The Brill family has so many memories at Aspen Hill Club and is a great motivation for all families and individuals to be active. “Put yourself out there at least once, everyone is so nice!… I joined a tennis class to learn tennis, not to meet friends. But now have new friends!” explains Marlie.

Marlie, Andy, Ben, and Matt—THANK YOU for adding so much to our community at the Aspen Hill Club. Every time you “check-in” at the front desk, the Club is a happier place!

 

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Member Spotlight: The Sanchez Family “Found It” at AHC! October 2019

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Three years ago, Lee entered his then 10 year old, Lola, in a tennis tournament at Aspen Hill Club. After seeing the Club, Lee said to himself, “WHAT? This is here?” and the rest is history. All three kids have found a place at the Club, all while Fannie and Lee stay very active with a variety of tennis and fitness activities.

Fannie has found “me time” by taking advantage of a wide array of the Club’s offerings. “I’m in Zumba, spinning, the pool, and I love my personal training sessions with Kevin!” Fannie explained. Fannie enjoys seeing her kids happy at the Club, in fact, “This is second home to our family. Anthony gets grumpy if he misses a day of working out!”

With Fannie being so active, you might think that Lee would have trouble keeping up with her—not the case! Lee takes advantage of the gym, weights, and basketball court. In fact, Lee and Fannie have joined Jeff Klein’s Saturday morning Adult Beginner Tennis class!

Anthony and Octavio can often be found trying to keep up with their dad in the gym. But, in addition, you will find them helping out their fellow members! Anthony assisted in teaching Champion’s Tennis Camp and Octavio now works at the Front Desk.

Since first finding the Club through a 10 and under USTA tournament three years ago, Lola has thrived on the court. She participated in our Futures program last Fall and High Performance Camp this past Summer. You also may have seen her taking part in USTA Mid Atlantic tournaments over the summer—it has delighted us that she has earned three championships at her home Club!

Fannie, Lee, Octavio, Anthony, and Lola—THANK YOU so much for adding to our community! Your positive attitude and commitment to staying active motivate so many kids and adults of all ages.

 

Club News & Events

Member Review – Sterling Hoffman

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I love to share the good things in my life and one of them for the past 31 years has been our fitness club – The Aspen Hill Club – located in north Silver Spring, MD.

It is our daily go-to place providing so many fitness options. It opens early – 5:30am – so those who want to get in and get out to go to work can do so.

Among its “amenities” are:
• Tennis 21 courts (6 indoor hard and 13 outdoor clay and 2 outdoor hard)
• Racquetball (4 courts)
• Pickleball
• Basketball court (indoor)
• Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool
• Jogging track (1/10 mile)
• Free-weights, treadmills, ellipticals, ski, and other cardio machines, resistance machines for upper body/lower body and core, kettle bells, straps and bands, fitness balls and much more.
• Dedicated specialty training room (the “torture chamber” formerly a racquetball court)
• “Spinning” room (formerly a racquetball court)
• Dance studio-like classroom
• Massage therapist on-site
• Instructive classes galore: spinning, water aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, stretching, HIIT, Feldenkrais, yoga, boxing, tennis (drills and private lessons, leagues, ladders and contract time), swimming lessons, personal training
• Summer camp for kids
• Field trips to US Open (tennis)
• Morning coffee service and newspapers
• On-line reservations for courts
• Towel service
• Locker room services of jacuzzi/hot tub and sauna
• Restaurant
• Child care
• A beautiful, modern facility inside and out

While more expensive than some limited-offering gyms, it is so worth the price! There is a camaraderie among members not found elsewhere. Many lifelong friendships have been made, savvy advice from the wise and successful and even some client acquisitions for our portrait art business!

It’s like a country club without the golf, the expense and the attitudes!

If you live in the DC area, check them out. You can get a free guest pass, have a yearly membership or be a month-to-month member!

Member Spotlight

“You’re Only As Old As You Feel” – Senior Member Highlights

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Over the next several months, we will be using our newsletter to highlight members who have redefined aging. Check back for updated entries.

Here are the questions we posed:

  1. How do you define aging?
  2. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?
  3. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self?
  4. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?

 


Terry Johnson

  1. How do you define aging?  

As I have progressed in age, I have noticed there are more opportunities for me to grow, and develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, culturally, physically and relationally.  I think when life has pushed me in a direction from which I intended to go or completely spun me around….I look up, take an assessment and look for the lesson and the silver lining.  Aging doesn’t have to define anyone; I believe it’s all part of life than can be treasured.

 2. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

Society says you work in your career, raise your family, retire and then do the things you have always wanted to do. I don’t believe one should wait too long to do anything. I have always tried to experience many things in life regardless of my age. I truly believe hope and joy defies age.

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self? 

Always, treat people the way you wish to be treated. People may not ever remember your name or what you did…most of the time people will always remember how you treated them or how you made them feel when they interacted with you. Most of all, when people show you who they are believe them. Know when to let go and move on.

 4. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit? 

 

To stay mentally fit I must stay spiritually fit, because for me that is the bedrock of  my being able to stay physically fit. It includes reading my bible, eating correctly, exercising, resting enjoying life. Sometimes you have to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Leonard

  1. How do you define aging?

Aging to me is: (I’m a runner). “Hey! I’m running just as fast as ever, but my elderly Timex Race Watch is really slowing  down!”

  1. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

I’m in training for a marathon (26.2 miles) at age 81, I’m told that might not be society’s idea of what a person my age would be doing. 

 

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self?

I would have advised my 20 to 30 year old self—- (a ‘no-nothing’ who thought he was such a ‘know-it-all’) to listen more carefully and understand better the wisdom and maturity of his elders. 

 

  1. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?I’m a distance runner. Most of the people I train with are one or two generations younger than me. That makes for some pretty tough workouts! I also do lots of ‘cross-training’ here at AHC—Pilates, body-pump, weight-training, and supplemental running on the indoor track. Mentally, I play brain games that emphasize training in memory, attention, flexibility and math. I believe whatever mental acuity I have has been greatly enhanced by being physically fit. (“The body is the temple of the mind.”) Folks, as the old saying goes, “Old age ain’t for sissies!” You have to really work hard  to keep mind and body from succumbing to the ravages of Father Time! Do your best to make the most of each and every day!

 


Liz Hastings

 

  1. How do you define aging?

As a process that takes place over time and is universal to all living beings.

 

  1. How have you defied society’s idea of aging? 
    I’m not sure I have, unless the definition of a 73-year-old woman is befuddled and decrepit.

 

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self? 
    Start now to develop the habits that will serve you well for the future.  I’m sure I didn’t do that in my 20’s but

thankfully, I started in my 30’s.

 

  1. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?
    Do the things that I love to do that keep me moving – tennis, walking, traveling, cooking, and, actually, using the gym. Plus, I try to keep myself informed and use my time to help my family, friends, and people I don’t even know.

 


Cheryl Bunyan

  1. How do you define aging? 

I see aging as just the normal passage of time that brings about dynamic change in people; some changes are for the better especially those intellectual ones that come about from life experience.

  1. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

Perhaps staying true to myself and not letting others dictate what is appropriate for me has served me best.

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self?

I would have been more encouraging when it came to making health and fitness an important priority.

  1. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?

I try to find a balance of both physical and mental pursuits especially activities that lend themselves to new learning and personal growth.

 


Adrian Dantley

  1. How do you define aging?

    I define aging by how I feel on the inside. If you have a great diet you will age gracefully. You will age gracefully if you take care of yourself. Unfortunately, the majority of people who think they are doing the right thing don’t have a clue. 
  2. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

    Society would say that as we age, we should slow down in order to preserve our bodies.  I train harder than I did when I was in my twenties and thirties and playing 82 games a year in the NBA. Back then, I spent more time working on basketball skills than lifting weights and doing cardio. My doctors have required me to take a battery of tests because my blood pressure and resting heart rate are so low, especially for a 65 year old. They thought something was clinically wrong with me because they have never had a patient my age with those statistics. Of course, they concluded what I already knew, that I am in superb health. 
  3. What advice would you give a 20 or 30 something?

    Talk to your elders. Pick the brains of those who have already been through it all. Incorporate their wisdom, advice and opinions in your life. 
  4. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?

    I workout hard 5 days a week. I used to workout 6 days. I found that by taking off two days, I have better workout during the week.  I work for fatigue in weight lifting and running. Every time I run, I run a little faster or for a longer distance. One of the best feelings in the world is when I finally finish a workout, take a hot shower and eat a delicious and nutritious meal.

Daryl Paunil 

  1. How do you define aging?Aging is your body’s increasing inability to do what the mind wants it to do.

    2. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

    I may look a little younger than I am and I may be stronger than some my age but my joints sure don’t feel like it.

    3. What advice would you give a 20 or 30 something?

    My advice to someone 20 is to keep doing what you enjoy, almost to excess because that’s the point of being 20.  Work on your friendships, because the good ones will last your lifetime. My advice to someone 30 is watch what you eat, develop good workout habits that will stay with you for life and get good rest because now it starts to count.

    4. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?

    I stay healthy by working out 5 days a week and eating healthy about 5 days a week. I stay mentally fit by working full time, I read a couple hours each day and have hobbies that require problem solving or creativity.

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Family Time is Fun Time! September 2019

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By: Elliott Datlow

 

Alex and Yoli were searching for a place where they had activities for the whole family, and it seems as though they struck GOLD! While trying to figure out what their family could do to stay active, Alex received a marketing pamphlet in the snail-mail. The new facility offering so much enticed him to come for a visit, and the rest is history!

It isn’t tough to spot the Barresi family. Pick a day and you will usually find them smiling while being active at The Club! “What we love about AHC is the family atmosphere, our entire family has fun while we work out,” explains Yoli. Yoli adds “Nico (age 6) learned to Swim with the AHC swim instructors. Lucas (age 4) has come a long way since watching his older brother while sitting on the side of the pool!” This summer both kids have been fixtures in the summer camp, Nico has been a star in Champion’s Camp while Lucas is the social butterfly of Kids Kamp.

During the Fall and Winter season, both kids keep their activity level up. Six-year-old Nico has been working hard on his tennis game during the Junior Development clinic, where he has been learning proper technique with Coaches Julien and Elliott. Nico now has advanced up to orange ball tennis, where he has recently rallied over 100 balls in a row! In fact, his game stepped up so much that Dad bought him a new racket last week — Nico was so excited that the new racket was invited to a slumber party and spent the night in bed with Nico. This coming Fall season Nico is upping his tennis time by participating in our All-Stars tennis clinics twice a week.
Having fun in USTA tennis competitions are not far away!

Lucas can always be spotted—just look for the biggest smile! Last year he spent his tennis court time in the Young Stars tennis class, where he can rally with the red tennis balls. Lucas has fun on the tennis court, but also does not want to miss out on playing with the Childminding staff or Kids Yoga. Lucas is a very busy 4-year-old with a bright future on the tennis court!

Alex is doing his best to stay ahead of Nico and Lucas on the tennis court. The team in the Tennis Department does its best to keep Alex busy. His recent activities include Battle of the Ages, Men’s Tennis Ladder, Tuesday Night High-Performance Drills, Tuesday Night Singles Match play, and fine-tuning his strokes on the Club’s ball machine. Alex’s great attitude on the tennis court has made him a very popular tennis partner on the court.

Yoli found her place at Aspen Hill Club through her love of music and dance, “I came to work out with Alex but I was too distracted by Zumba” she said. Since that day two years ago, she finds time for herself during Zumba classes. While the boys are busy playing tennis and swimming, she definitely has been able to find her “Me Time.” In fact, she looks forward to Sunday mornings when the boys (with Dad) are playing tennis on the ball machine and she does Zumba.

On average the Barresi family is at The Club at least five days a week. They have found an incredible variety of activities at The Club, which helps keep everything fresh and fun. While the kids are having fun with their wide range of activities, it’s great to know that experts agree that this approach is best for the young Barresi athletes: “Most sport scientists and professional organizations advocate early diversification in sport” (BEST PRACTICE FOR YOUTH SPORT BY ROBIN VEALEY & MELISSA CHASE). These kids certainly are getting it all at the Aspen Hill Club!

Yoli and Alex — we are so happy that your family has found a home with us at The Club! The positive energy that your family brings is contagious to the members and the staff that surround you. It has been phenomenal getting to know you two and the kids, and we are excited about the model your family sets in motivating other
families to be active and healthy.

 

Club News & Events

Summer Junior Interclub Wrap-Up!

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What a season! The Aspen Hill Club juniors finished off what they started and took the 2019 Montgomery County Junior Tennis League title with exciting fashion. Heading into the last week of the season, AHC’s team was looking good as they sat with an impressive record of 5-0—but had 2 incredibly tough matches remaining: the 2018 league champions, Palisades Club, followed by the always tough Cedarbrook to close out the season.

 

Our juniors were able to achieve revenge over the defending champs, (and only team last year to defeat Aspen Hill Club) Palisades! With the win, AHC was guaranteed their MCJTL championship. But with one match remaining, the undefeated record was on the line against Cedarbrook. The match lived up to the hype—ending at an even 9 matches to 9 matches! With this tie, all games were counted to determine the winner. By a score of 26 to 22 games, your Aspen Hill Club juniors ended the summer interclub season with an undefeated and perfect record!

 

The following week the individual playoffs took place, and AHC’s players represented The Club in excellent fashion. Here are highlights of those results:

Zane: Boys 12 singles Champion

Will: Boys High School Champion

Emma: Girls 12 Singles & Doubles Champion

Wangu: Girls 12 Singles Finalist & Doubles Champion

Nduta: Girls High School Finalist

Lizzie: Girls 14 singles Finalist

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Member Spotlight: The Tan Family

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You can always find the Tan family smiling at the Aspen Hill Club! This active family knows the importance of staying healthy and the Club has given everyone a way to be active in their own way.

 

Allen and Sunant grew up locally, both attending Kennedy High School and were members of the school varsity tennis team. Allen started tennis as a teenager after watching a some of his peers hitting the school tennis courts. He got a few friends together and they taught themselves how to play. Soon enough they were ready for the Kennedy High School Boys Tennis Team.

 

Now with two sons of their own, 9 year old Nathan and 11 year old Matthew, the couple knew they wanted to get the kids active in tennis. “A friend told me about the great program at Aspen Hill, so we came by. Tennis is great because they learn about exercise, competition, problem solving, and having a hobby for life! It’s much better than if they sat home and played video games!” explains Allen.

Nine year old Nathan is a member of Aspen Hill’s Junior Academy program, where he continues to work very hard on improving his tennis game, “Nathan is always one of the hardest workers in the class, and he makes everyone better,” explains Aspen Hill tennis professional Julien DeLaine. In fact, Nathan has been competing in USTA tournaments, winning his last two “10 and under” events. His last tournament was the USTA Orange Ball event at the Aspen Hill Club, congratulations, Nathan!

 

Matthew began his tennis in the Aspen Hill Club last winter in the Academy program. Through hard work in Academy and World Class Summer Camp, he is now a member of our highly competitive Future Stars program. Matthew was a key member of Aspen Hill’s Junior Interclub Team, tallying several key wins over strong opponents. In all of his matches, Matthew worked hard and never gave up! His great attitude on the court helped him earn several come-from-behind victories. Matthew is now competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments and his level continues to rise!

 

Sunant and Allen enjoy seeing the boys having fun on the tennis court from the comfortable couches of the Club, but they don’t just come to watch the action—they get involved too! “We enjoy the gym, it lets us get a great work out in while the boys are in tennis class,”
explains Allen.

 

Allen and Sunant, the smiles that your family shares with us at the Aspen Hill Club are contagious! We are so happy that you are part of our community and we are so looking forward to watching Matthew and Nathan grow on and off of the tennis court!

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Member Spotlight: “For Us, It’s Every Day!” The Troch Family

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The Troch family was searching for a tennis home for their son Adam, and their search led them to our Aspen Hill Club. While they were looking for tennis, they found so much more!

Twelve year old Adam’s tennis game has grown while training at the Aspen Hill Club. This past year Adam moved up from our Future Stars program and into the World Class Elite program. This class helps Adam train for his USTA tournaments. Adam competes among the top players in USTA/Mid Atlantic, playing USTA Level 4 events. Recently, Adam won the B14 and under USTA tournament hosted at the Aspen Hill Club!

While the family was immediately drawn to the Club for Adam’s tennis, they did not expect it to become such an integral part of EVERYONE’S lives. “At least one of us comes every day to either work out, play/practice tennis or play in the pool,” explains Serge.

Nine year old Layla can be found ruling the courts in our Academy class! Layla enjoys meeting new friends in classes and is always smiling while working hard on the court in classes, summer camp, and private lessons with Elliott. In last summer’s Young World Class camp (this summer its called Champion’s Tennis Camp), Layla not only took home the rallying record with 162 rallies in a row, she also won the camp tournament! Last year when Layla was eight years old, she participated in her first USTA 10 and under Orange Ball Tournament, and she is continuing to enjoy competing on the court this year!

Serge can often be found on the tennis courts himself! Serge enjoys taking part in match play programs at the Club, such as the men’s singles ladder. The ladder allows Serge to get as much match play as he can handle and take advantage of our beautiful (and free) outdoor clay courts! Serge also has participated in fun events such as our “Battle of the Ages” where he took on top junior players from the Club. In addition to tennis, you can find Serge battling on the table tennis courts, in fact, Serge was our Club Champion at our first table tennis tournament this past February.

While the kids are kept busy on the tennis court, you can usually find Jihane working hard herself. Jihane takes advantage of the pool and many of our group exercise classes in the gym. Jihane enjoys the phenomenal workouts she gets with Heather in Wednesday and Friday’s Step and Dance classes.

The Troch family certainly is kept busy at The Aspen Hill Club. Serge’s advice to other members is “There are so many facilities at the Club, make sure you take full advantage of all of them!” Every day you’ll find Serge, Jihane, Adam, or Layla on the courts, in the gym, or in the pool, and Serge sums it up perfectly “Nothing feels better than after a workout or a great tennis clinic. Nothing’s better!”

Serge and Jihane, we are so lucky to have your family bring so much positive energy to our community and we incredibly happy to see you guys every day!