STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: SOPHIE HENDERSON
Hello! My name is Sophie Henderson and I play tennis at Georgetown University. I have been part of the National Tennis Foundation for eight years, as the Foundation financially supported my single mother, who worked countless hours at numerous jobs to raise my sister and I. Before joining the Foundation, I didn’t have a relationship with my father and I wasn’t at peace with myself. I looked for happiness in the wrong places, and sought comfort in shallow relationships and results. The Foundation showed me how to heal my relationship with my dad, use my adversity as a strength, and find my intrinsic value and self worth – one that doesn’t need to be confirmed by a GPA or a ranking. Additionally, through the Jewel Never Broken Mindfulness Program, I was able to obtain a clear mind that gave me the energy and focus to improve in every area of my life. I developed a deeper relationship with my mother and sister, and school and tennis no longer felt like jobs. Through the support of the Foundation, I was able to see my life for what it actually was – an absolute blessing. By the end of my senior year, I was a three time doubles state champion with my sister and I was captain of our Team Bryan program. Most importantly, I had deep friendships that motivated and supported me on a daily basis. I know for certain that without my family and the Foundation, I wouldn’t have had the confidence, drive, work ethic, and passion to go to Georgetown, get straight A’s, and start a meditation program, while also having the strength to uphold my values during my freshman year of college.