RTA Community Spotlight: Adam Goers, President of North Carolina State Club Tennis
Adam Goers has been playing tennis since he was just five years old with a solid grip on a racket before he could even walk! His father, Todd, who played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, shared his skills and passion for tennis with Adam. With much of their time together on the courts, Adam was not only raised to play well in tennis but also in life.
As President of the North Carolina State Club Tennis, Adam oversees all operations, such as growing membership, leading recruitment efforts, planning and managing tournaments and events. Adam works hard to ensure the best opportunities for the NC State Club Tennis members while also participating as a team player.
The NC State Club Tennis has been a staple organization at North Carolina State University for decades. They've provided students the opportunity to play tennis in one of the biggest clubs in the country. As part of the USTA Tennis On Campus program, NC State Club Tennis is organized by college students who want to stay in the game, make friends, and compete in events all around the country. More than 250 Tennis On Campus club teams represent their colleges and universities to compete in the programs at the state, section, and national level. “NC State Club Tennis has grown and developed into a passionate club that students feel proud to represent. The club often shows the most school spirit at tournaments. The camaraderie and sense of community within the NC State Club Tennis are unmatched,’ says Adam.
The NC State Club Tennis has, over the years, shown remarkable results finishing the 2018-2019 season 7th in the nation in the USTA Tennis on Campus National Tournament. During the 2019-2020 season, the club finished 2nd overall at the USTA Fall Invitational and USTA Southern Sectional Tournament, qualifying for Nationals. The NC State Club Tennis competes at a national level and hopes to be eligible for nationals again this season.
Adam's experience with the NC State Club Tennis has been a valuable experience of his college career, on and off the court. The club provided the ability to travel to tournaments and meet fellow club members. The social events, community outreach, and fundraising of the NC State Club Tennis have provided Adam with a way to help his community and meet lifelong friends in the process. "Using my leadership position as an avenue to better my surroundings has been most rewarding and impactful," Adam said.
Adam is thankful for the partnership between the NC State Club Tennis and the Raleigh Tennis Association. The partnership has given club members the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering at local tennis events and coaching junior sessions of the Try Tennis program. “Try Tennis gives us a chance to coach beginners to learn essential leadership skills and share our passion for tennis.”
What's next for Adam? With Graduation in May of 2022, Adam is focusing on building a bright future he's passionate about. Although unsure of what path he may take, whether it's a career in tennis or another industry, he is hopeful through his future endeavors to continue to play tennis in a league or community program.
Adam lives by a philosophy his dad ingrained in him "always get one more ball over the net," which means to give every situation everything you've got. Adam believes that by always putting your best foot forward and “getting one more ball back over the net in life, you never know what opportunities may lie ahead.”
Adam Goers has a bright future; and we are extremely grateful for all he and NC State Club Tennis have done for tennis in Raleigh.