THE JENNIFER BALENT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Tennis Kids For Life would like to honor the memory of a devoted friend to tennis, Jennifer Balent, by establishing a scholarship fund in her name that will provide the opportunity for young players under economic hardship who demonstrate exceptional ability to train personally with Oscar Wegner or other qualified MTM Certified Coaches. Oscar observed Jennifer’s game as a top junior player and became reacquainted with her in 2009 as a mentor and coach to her very talented young daughter. Although she departed this life prematurely, Jennifer leaves behind a legacy of great dedication, proficiency and love for tennis which will serve as an inspiration to parents, coaches and young players for generations to come.
Jennifer Balent was born on March 26, 1960 at Johnson Air Base, Japan and passed away on November 22, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During her teenage and early adult years, Jennifer was one of the best young tennis players in the country. Her accomplishments include three national singles titles and two national doubles titles as a junior player as well as being the winner of the Orange Bowl in 1975 (16 and under). She attended the University of North Carolina on a full scholarship and won three ACC singles championships in 1978, 1979, and 1980. In 2002, Jennifer was named to the NCAA 50th Anniversary Women’s Tennis Team. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. As an adult, Jennifer dedicated her talents to raising two outstanding children. She was profoundly devoted to and immensely proud of them. Jennifer combined an athlete’s discipline and energy with an innocent, gentle spirit.
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