“J Tennis Center, this is Stacy, how may I help you?”

That’s what you’ll hear on the other end of the line when you call our Tennis Center–the voice of our very own Stacy Swiggart, the Tennis Operations Manager here at the J. The voice of encouragement and friendliness that strengthens a community center.

Stacy started working at JCC Denver on October 1st of 2016 after 25 years as Vice President and Operations Manager of the award-winning Tennis Center at Steamboat. A champion of tennis (as well as customer service), Stacy is the current USTA National Indoor Champion in both Women’s 40 and over and Women’s 50 and Over Doubles and her and her husband, Jim Swiggart, are ranked number one in the Husband/Wife Nationals. We took some time to get to know Stacy, and trust us, after meeting her, you’ll want to head over and practice your backhand swing.

How did you get into tennis?

Stacy Swiggart: I was eight years old when I started. There was a little park and rec program in our town (Grand Island, NE) where, for five dollars, you were enrolled in a six week program, three days a week. The instructor there had such a big influence on me–and I wasn’t even old enough to be in the program, I was supposed to be ten. And he said “I’ll sneak you in when you’re nine,” so my dad just hit some balls back and forth with me when I was eight. My sister and I went to our first tennis tournament about a year later, and it just took off from there.