Born and raised in the Bushwick housing projects. Rebecca was often referred to as a born athlete, playing both intramural basketball and tennis for John Dewey High School. There was no real opportunity for young women to play organized sports.
With a love of sports and teaching Rebecca created an opportunity to be outside and coach young people. As a Recreation Specialist for Miami Dade County Parks Department Rebecca has devoted the last 20 years to developing community programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities. It is this devotion to community and children that Serve It Up Kidz was launched in February 2016.
Rebecca is an advocate for children’s fitness and athletics. I was born to coach, sports is life she says, she quotes from Stacie Mahoe, “I am a coach because of the kids and the passion I have for the sport itself. There is no other feeling quite like helping young athletes further develop their natural persistence, determination, discipline, dedication, resiliency, work ethic, heart, leadership skills connection with and respect for, others, not only in competition, but in life.” This quote is my mantra.
Miami Dade County provided a well rounded training ground. After hurricane Andrew Rebecca went to work in the south dade community of Naranja, where she successfully set out to build sports development teams to include tennis, and other sports for both boys and girls ages 6 – 14. For three consecutive years Rebecca fielded full teams for the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) a program that sadly is no longer active in Miami Dade County.
Presently Rebecca is at Goulds Park Monday through Saturday working with children from the Goulds Park neighborhood and neighborhoods south to Florida City.
Serve It Up Kidz is the opportunity for kids of all ages, abilities and economic status to learn the tools of success.
Certified: USPTR tennis instructor