RYE, N.Y. -- Rye native, Ben Chin, of Queens, N.Y., is an avid tennis player who coordinates local play opportunities throughout the Westchester County community.
He was chosen as USTA Eastern’s Tennis Organizer of the Month for June because of his involvement with Sets in the City Westchester, an adult tennis league.
In Rye, Chin competed on his high school tennis team before starting college where he played as part of an intramural tennis league.
Following his college graduation in 2011, Chin returned home to continue playing tennis.
“I realized I hardly knew anyone with whom I could hit around,” Chin said.
"After joining an inactive Meetup.com group for tennis players in Westchester, I decided to create a new group hoping to attract others who were interested in playing.”
Starting with a handful of participants in the fall, it grew to more than 100 members in the winter.
To find a consistent place to play, Chin reached out to Yonkers Tennis Center and negotiated a deal for group members.
“Becoming an organizer in the tennis community is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Chin said.
“I’ve met literally hundreds of great people over the years. Although I don’t live in Westchester anymore, I still find myself back in the suburbs every week to play with friends and acquaintances through the Meetup group.”
In addition to the Westchester Meetup group, Chin is the coordinator for USTA Eastern’s Sets in the City Westchester. Sets in the City is a social tennis league offered throughout the year for young adults to begin or continue playing tennis.
The USTA Eastern Section in White Plains is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis.