KIDZ SPACE is a page dedicated to former and current players, coaches and staff who have contributed to the success of Kids N’ Tennis, Inc.  The pictures, articles, and videos on this page is intended to recognize and honor those who have played a significant role in the success of our organization during the last Twenty-five years.

Success Stories

The following is a list of graduates of Kids N’ Tennis’ Junior Tennis Academy and Grassroots Tennis Program.  As we celebrate our 25 years at Irving Park we would like to share information on some of our most successful players.  We would also like to take time to acknowledge and thank those of you who provided financial assistance for our kids during this time.  The coaches, staff, parents, and board members of Kids N’ Tennis, Inc. are very proud of the academic and career successes of these fine young men and women. They are divided into three groups, the first are players who received tennis and/or academic scholarships and played in college.  The second list represents graduates who completed their college education.   The third list is comprised of players who participated in USTA Junior Tennis Team & Tournaments and those who played for their respective high schools.

Without your help in establishing a comprehensive junior development tennis program most of these young people would have not attended college or been eligible to receive tennis scholarships.  This group of kids has shown the tennis community that if provided the opportunity they to can achieve and excel in athletics, academics, and business.

As we prepare to send off our new graduates to school we now focus our attention on another NEW GROUP of children in hopes of providing them with similar opportunities. This current group of elementary and middle school tennis neophytes like their predecessors is comprised primarily of youngsters from a Kids N’ Tennis’ Summer Tennis Program at Irving Park.

1998 – AAU National Junior Olympic Tennis Team

AAU National Junior Olympic Silver Medalist Team: Coaches Ed Song, John Paik; Players: Anthony Derkach, Joe Dang, Jana Jusupovic, Keara Duke, Bill Phanthongphay, Coach Johnson, Marcus Phanthongphay, Koren Paik.


KN’T Tennis Athletic Scholarship Recipients and Graduates

Andrew Jenkins III, (2006 –2011) Florida A&M University Graduate and Gates Scholarship Recipient for Academic Achievement. He also received an academic and tennis athletic scholarships from FAMU but elected to give his tennis scholarship to another future teammate.

David Montgomery,(2005-2009) Rochester Institute of Technology Graduate.

Asya Kamal, (2004-2008) Linfield University Graduate. Asya completed her studies at Linfield University after completing a four year tennis career.

Lisa Bessman, (2001–2005) University of Idaho,B.S. Lisa played two years of college tennis at University of Portland and one at Portland State University and finished her career at University of Idaho. She is now a tennis teaching professional at Portland Tennis Center.

Jana Jusoupovic, (1999-2003) University of Portland, M.S. Engineering. Jana played tennis at U. of Portland on a four-year tennis scholarship. She also finished second in state during her senior year at Evergreen H.S. in Vancouver,Washington. Jana an engineering major is currently working for Bonneville Power and Administration in Portland,OR.

Gianna North, (1999-2002) University of California-Riverside,B.S. Business.

Adam Burke, (1999-2002) University of Redland,B.S. Business; University of San Diego – Law Degree Adam played collegiate tennis for two years as a walk-on and participated in track for one year. He is currently a public defender in Ventura,CA.

Andy Crooks,(2005) Rhodes College. Andy was awarded an academic and tennis scholarship.

Royal Bryant, (2005-present) Jackson State University and Portland State University.

Keara Duke, (2001-2003) Southern University. Keara received a tennis scholarship and competed for one year.

1999 – AAU National Junior Olympic Tennis Teams

Kids N’Tennis,Inc. college graduates.

Cameron Kreuz, (2008-2012) Southern Oregon University,M.S. Ed./Health-P.E. NCAA III All-American – Cross Country & Track.

Chris Brown, (2001-2005;2007 – 2009) Rutgers University,B.S./M.S. Music. Chris is a professional musician and U.S. Marine.

Samantha (Sambee) Brown,(2001-2005) Whittier University,B.S. (Pre-Med.).

Koren Paik, (2001-2005) University of Oregon,B.A. Economics & Communication; (2009-2011) Brown University,MBA

Melissa Gold, (2000-2004),University of Arizona, B.S. Business She is currently working for Summit Golf.

Patrick Patterson, (1999-2003) Portland State University, B.S. Computer Science.

Anthony Derkach, (1999-2004) Ohio State University,B.S. Engineering.

John Paik, (1998-2002) University of Oregon,B.S. Business.

Davis Aalvik, (1998-2003) Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S. Business. Stock Broker and is a Professional Poker Player.

Hayden Aalvik, (1999-2003) Pepperdine University/UCLA M.S. Business.

Paul Hesser, (1999-2003) University of Portland,B.S. Business. College Tennis Instructor at PSU and former PSU Assistant Tennis Coach.

Narada Golden, (1997-2001) University of Oregon,M.S. Engineering.

Sanatan Golden, (1999-2003) University of Pennsylvania,B.S. Physical Therapy.

Kids N’ Tennis, Inc. new high school graduates.

Medha & Shradha Pulla: Jefferson H.S. Class of 2012












Akua Asare-Konadu (2010) – University of Washington

Robert Gill (2010) – University of Oregon

Baye Bryant (2011) – University of Oregon

Larry Chiem (2011) – Portland State University

Alex Emerson (2012) – Portland Community College

Adwoa Asare-Konadu (2012) – Seattle Pacific University

Shradha Pulla (2012) – Portland State University

Medha Pulla (2012) – Portland State University

Ian Jones (2012) – Whitworth University – Tennis Team

Zac Jones (2012) – Whitworth University




Kids N ’Tennis, Inc. former players.

Ben Andruss,  Iffy Aniefuna,  Anna Arzt,  Jennifer Barrier, Vanessa Borovicka,  Kristin Bowman, Malia Bruni,  Dillion Bruni,  Baron Bryant,  Gary Burks,  Darrius Sly-Clay,  Yolanda Cherry, Kristie Donaldson,  Zeke Dotsey,  Rachael Hegge,  Emily Houle,  Jennifer Houle,  Linda Glavinski, Shamarra Jackson,  Anna Lwanga,  Tram Le,  Van Le,  Michael Lewis,  Eugene Kim,  Brad Miller, Marcus Phanthongphay,  Bill Phanthongphay,  Baylor Shaw,  Robin Sorenson,  Jackie Tabb,   Katie Tabb,  Sam Tang,  Sara Sterns,  Mychal Teeteh,  Nicole Yanzick.