Monica Thank you Letter

Hello Trenton,

We met last Friday on the court with Marty, Ryan (I believe that's his name) and my boss, Rowen. 

Please let your boss know how grateful I am for him to spend a few minutes talking to me and giving me some great words of wisdom. Since then, I think about what he said and try to apply it to my everyday life as much as possible. I know it's only been a few days but meeting him has really made an impact on me. I even went out and bought a few books, including the Steve Jobs book. If you knew me personally, you would be amazed!

Also, Marty thinks I should play tennis more, I just might in the near future. I'll be in touch!

All my gratitude,

Monica

Joanna Cross Thank you Letter

Dear friends and supporters at the Marty Hennessy Foundation,

I would be remiss if I did not once again express our sincere thanks and appreciation for our weekend of tennis in Vegas. You provided us all with tennis, entertainment, fun, friendship and inspiration. We are all so fortunate to be part of such a rewarding and enriching experience. 

There were a lot of sad faces at the airport on Sunday as they had to leave Vegas and all it brought to us. We look forward to seeing you all in Vancouver very soon. Please know I will provide any assistance needed to ensure we can continue the exchange and continue to provide all of the kids with new opportunities and experiences. Willy will be in touch with dates of tournaments and events that may be appropriate for all.

In the meantime, please know the difference you have made in the lives of the Vancouver juniors.

My thanks and best,
Joanna Cross

Patrick Kawka Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,

I would really like to thank you for inviting me on one of the most inspiring trips I have ever been on. It reminded me a lot about the East Coast Leadership Tour but it just so happened to be on the West Coast. I really enjoyed the calm jogs in the rain even when it got a little cold outside. Palm Springs is such a wonderful place to be in general, but it only gets better when I am able to be with all of the kids and my friends, brothers, and of course you guys. The trip was an incredible learning experience and I feel like I have become a much better leader because of it. I love being one of the kids that the little ones can look up to and it is a great feeling to watch them succeed. The entire trip was sensational but I feel that the group "confessional" in our room has to be a defining moment in my life. Watching the kids open up wounds that they thought have healed by admitting to their bad behavior was a moment of awe. I would love to do that again and I feel I will have more to say. I tried to keep my story on the happier side of things with all of the emotions already spilled upon the floor. Thank you once again for a great trip. I can't wait until next year. 

Sincerely,
Patrick Kawka

Nikki Newell Thank you Letter

Ryan,
Thank you so much for last nights bowling. It was super fun and I appreciate everything you guys do for me. I will make sure and stay focused on doing what I need to do to be successful in life. I've learned so many key things that can help me in my life from all the helpful and inspiring words that you two have said to me. I have learned how important grades are for instance, like my GPA is super important and to study for the SAT. 

Another example, is not getting distracted and not believing the lies that my mind tells me about how something that is a distraction from school or tennis looks fun, when only it would just effect me in a negative way. I really want to be successful and go to the best college possible for me, and I want to thank Ryan, and the Marty Hennessy Foundation for inspiring me in so many ways.

-Nikki Newell

Thank you Letter for JW Marriot Speaker

The meeting today was amazing. The speaker really knew what he was talking about. He said all of the usual things that speakers say but he had two points that really caught my attention. The first point that peaked my interest was, the importance of a rest period. I had heard it before, but today I really understood the importance of it. The second point is in my opinion the best thing that I have ever heard a speaker say. His point originated out of Hadrien's question about timing. He said that you have to create your own timing to achiever your goal, and that waiting for the perfect time leaves you out of control. If you wait for the perfect time you never know how long it might take for your time to come, if it ever comes. If you want to achieve your goal you have to create an opening for it, you can't just wait for it to miraculously open. Along with these two point he had many other great points like success is never final and you must achieve a certain balance in your life. He is my favorite speaker so far. I really absorbed everything he said today.

Hannah Tatlock Thank you Letter

First I would like to say thank you for allowing me to come to the event. It was a great experience.

That I learned is that you really do start at the bottom. That life does not just hand out success. No matter what situation you are in, you can always be your best and make it better. I also learned that really successful people read a lot. Which is something that I need to work on.

Once again, thank you for putting this event together. And I hope that I will get to attend more of these leadership breakfasts.

Thanks, Hannah Tatlock

Victoire Saperstein Thank you Letter

Ryan,

This is an email responding to the Leadership Breakfast which occurred on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

I have been to many of these leadership breakfasts and all of them have said this one thing continuously, WORK HARD!!! Steve, of course, said this again, but he strangely differed from the others I have met before. At first I was confused why I felt so different after the breakfast than I have felt before, but while I am typing this email I now realize that he was different because Steve himself, being our leader, had a leader of his own. When he spoke about, I believe it was J.W. Marriott Senior (the 70 year old guy), he did not have one bad comment to say about him. He could have complained about how much money the guy has or how little he cares but every time the name was brought up he only had positive things to say, now that's a leader! He explained that J.W. Marriott Seniors priorities were in order: family came first, faith came second, and then came his company. Steve then started explaining how family was his most important aspect of life and that came first before all others. I personally sometimes forget how important family is, and I tend to put things in front that I believe are more important but in the end, as Steve explained to me, family will be there through the good and bad times and they will always love you.

Marriott Hotel Company follow two motto. The first one is, "Always be courteous to the employees." I have never heard that before! I have always heard "always be courteous to the customers" but not the employees! I think this is genius, because if you think about it, happy employees means happy customers which then means good business. The second motto he shared with us was, "Success in never final." That is so very true!!! This can also divert on to the tennis court, where even though you win one set does not mean you win the match. And even though you win that match, it does not mean that you won the tournament. And even tough you won that tournament, it does not mean the next week there won't be another tournament. You have to keep on practicing and get better, just as Marriott must keep coming out with new technologies to better there hotels.

Now the most important think I took in for the breakfast was when he spoke about creating your own timing. Now that's incredible! I was always told that if you keep working hard you will get noticed, but what if you don't? And how long will it take them to notice you? Are you supposed to wait till someone dies so that you can get there post? and if so, why would you ever want to wish someone dead, that's awful!!! All of these questions were wracking my brain until Steve answered by stating "that you must create your own timing". You have to put in all you thoughts and create your own job description that will better the company and further your position. Also you will then be remembered as the person you had great ideas, and from then on will most likely not be forgotten which is the main goal in the end. To put yourself out there and get remembered.

I also now realize what it truly takes to be a leader; you must lead by example and not by yelling at someone. You can't expect to have great working employees if you don't want to put in the great work yourself. As Steve said, "A leader is always the first one to come into work and the last one to leave."

As you can see I got a lot out of this Leadership Breakfast and I want to thank Steve (of course), but especially you guys for the simple opportunity of setting this up. It was an eye-widening experience and I don't think I will ever forget what was said in that room, and all the great knowledge that was shared.

Sincerely,

Victoire Saperstein

Max Novak Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,

Thank You for everything you have done for me throughout the years. You helped me get out of the dating scene when the only thing it could possibly bring me is disaster. I couldn't see that though because I was listening to the lie, and I was listening to the lie because I am too immature to handle such a big responsibility. That right there is just an extremely useful piece of information that I learned from you that will help me in the years to come. I am also thankful for all the trips that I get to go on because of you and the foundation. Examples of these trips are Palm Springs and the East Coast Trip, trips that I could not even dream of going on if it wasn't for you. This last year was amazing for me, I saw and did things that will shape me as a person and change my life for a long time to come and this is all thanks to you. I’m just letting you know how much I appreciate you and everything you do for me. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 

Sincerely,
Max Novak

 

Erika Mauban Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan ,

I'm sorry that it took so long to send this letter. The first time I sent it to the wrong address and when i resent it, somehow did not go through. Anyhow better late than never.
Thank you for inviting me to attend the Palm Springs trip. I truly appreciate the opportunity to get to know great leaders and hear their bildungsroman-like life stories, as well as begin to create my own personal journey.

During the past year I have undergone an immense change. I feel as if I am a completely different person. As I am sure you remember, during the 2009 trip, I was somewhat shallow and did not completely comprehend your ways. I now understand that that trip showcased my era of ?teenage rebellion? and immaturity. Although I still have my flaws, leadership opportunities offered to me within the past year, especially during the 2010 Palm Springs trip, have taught me to mature.
I remember that a year ago I repeatedly said that regrets are not regrets if something was learned. However, now I understand that it is okay, even mature, to feel regret because then one is aware that he/she was in the wrong. The difference between last year's firepit and this year's ?firepit,? is like night and day. Last year I felt guarded and insecure, while this year I learned to embrace my emotions and show my true personality.

Furthermore, when we were gathered in the conference room to list our strengths and weaknesses, I felt as if I knew myself better. I learned to channel my strengths to benefit me and minimize my weaknesses. For me, the highlight of the trip was when you told me that I was born with the special strength to lead. Although I know obstacles will come in my way and some will try to discourage me, I will definitely hone in on my strengths in order to become a better, more mature person.
Once again, thank you for allowing me to attend this trip.

Sincerely,
Erika Mauban

Erika Mauban Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,

Thank you for inviting me to attend the Palm Springs trip. I truly appreciate the opportunity to get to know great leaders and hear their bildungsroman-like life stories, as well as begin to create my own personal journey.
During the past year I have undergone an immense change. I feel as if I am a completely different person. As I am sure you remember, during the 2009 trip, I was somewhat shallow and did not completely comprehend your ways. I now understand that that trip showcased my era of "teenage rebellion" and immaturity. Although I still have my flaws, leadership opportunities offered to me within the past year, especially during the 2010 Palm Springs trip, have taught me to mature.
I remember that a year ago I repeatedly said that regrets are not regrets if something was learned. However, now I understand that it is okay, even mature, to feel regret because then one is aware that he/she was in the wrong. The difference between last year's firepit and this year's "firepit," is like night and day. Last year I felt guarded and insecure, while this year I learned to embrace my emotions and show my true personality.
Furthermore, when we were gathered in the conference room to list our strengths and weaknesses, I felt as if I knew myself better. I learned to channel my strengths to benefit me and minimize my weaknesses. For me, the highlight of the trip was when you told me that I was born with the special strength to lead. Although I know obstacles will come in my way and some will try to discourage me, I will definitely hone in on my strengths in order to become a better, more mature person.
Once again, thank you for allowing me to attend this trip.

Sincerely,
Erika Mauban

Mckay Novak Thank you Letter

Hi Ryan, since this is the new year, a resolution always follows it. My resolution this year is to be more thankful. Because of this, I feel it is absolutely necessary to display my gratitude for all that you and the Foundation do for me. Without the financial help concerning the Academy, Chinese lessons, countless trips, and private lessons, my brother and I could not continue playing tennis at the level that we are. However, the emotional and psychological help you constantly offer are incomparable to anything else. Although I am not the easiest person to deal with, you take my faults in stride and use them to improve my personality and life. I realize that I make your life extremely difficult and protest when you single me out. I am sorry for not comprehending that you simply want to hold me to a higher standard. For this i can never thank you enough! Once again, I am so thankful for your invaluable financial and mental help.

Thanks!
-McKay Novak

Victoire Saperstein Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,


I just wanted to thank you guys for how much you do for me. I still can't believe that I just got to go on a vacation to a lavish five star hotel. I loved every part of it (even the rain!) It was an empowering trip and I also wanted to add that having all of the alumni come back and share their real college experiences is amazing on itself. The night when we shared our feelings was truly magical (I had never seen Ryan cry before) and you could feel the whole room become that much closer. I see girls that go to Palo and others kids going down the wrong path and I realize I am so fortunate to be in this environment and a big part is because of you both. I want to explain to you guys how I am not taking any of this for granted and every day that I get to step on the tennis court is another day you guys have done some good in life. I know I am sounding redundant at this point but I can't stress enough how the little things mean a lot. Ryan, I know you have a lot of better things to do than standing in a conference room for 3 hours explaining us how to choose to do the right thing. I know you don't have to explain us what foods you should and shouldn't eat, but you still do anyways. I also wanted to thank you on behalf of everyone for the clothes you donated to us. It means a lot to me that you care that much. I am know going to wrap this letter up by saying (again) how thankful I am and if you ever have a bad day, think of all the good you guys do for the foundation everyday.

Yours Truly,
Victoire Saperstein

Sarah Toti Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,

Thank you so much for inviting me on the Palm Springs trip. I really had a blast, and it was good for me to get away from Vegas for a couple of days. Palm Springs has always been one of my favorite places to visit for tournaments so getting the opportunity to visit with the No Quit Academy was something I couldn't pass up. 

I don't train at the No Quit Academy, but I know the majority of the children through tournaments over the years. Through this trip I really got to see another side of a lot of the kids. Normally I only get to see them on the tennis court or at tournaments but not off the court. I also got to meet many new kids as well, especially the younger ones. Some of the children I got to meet and talk to were Kristen, Chloe, Eli, Anya, and Rema. I also got to see how much these younger kids look up to the alumni; such as Clayton to Trent, Tanner to Dillon, and even more to Patrick and Willie. Even the alumni look to each other such as Patrick to Frideric, and Ed to Trent. To have a positive community such as this is really unique. Honestly, however, I could not relate to many of the stories because I have come from a different background from the majority of the kids (specifically the "seniors"). It was really eye opening for me to see all the different stories shared in Ryan's suite. I never tried to get to know many of the kids on a personal level, and after this trip I feel like I got to experience something special with the entire No Quit Academy, so thank you for that.

If I had to pick someone who demonstrated the most leadership on the trip and in general I'd have to say Hadrien. Hadrien has one of the best attitudes towards life. He has endured tragedy and come out stronger from it. He has every reason to mope around and feel sorry for himself yet he doesn't. I saw him reading every morning in the lobby, and he came out and ran with the group. He has come such a long way, and it's all because of will power. He also was really good with the younger children, making them laugh all the time. Hadrien is a great role model for everyone of all ages. 

Once again, thank you for taking me on the trip. I had a great time. Sorry the email is coming a little late, but I really did love going with you all. I hope you guys had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Sincerely,
Sarah Toti

Chloe Henderson Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan, 

Well, where do I start? Firstly, thank you so much for inviting me on the trip to Palm Springs. This trip was something that I will never forget. It is because of the following reasons. 

Well, not only have I learned what to do, tennis-wise, when it rains (run, exercise, stretch, etc:) I have also become more fit, got to know people that I didn't even know existed, I learned better leadership and responsibility skills, I now have better mind-calming and psychological skills (To my surprise, I have actually tried to calm my mind recently. For example, when it was Christmas Eve, my mom had to go get stitches at around 12 o'clock because she fell on her chin while dancing. I was very worried about her and started crying in my bathroom. It was in there that I closed my eyes and tried to do what we did at the small waterfalls in Palm Springs. Although I didn't completely stop worrying, I stopped crying and went downstairs and stopped sulking. This made that night less stressful and helped me stop being a negative Nelly.) And finally, the most important thing that I have got out of the Palm Springs trip is the experience. This was the first time that I have been away from home alone so I was scared and nervous. But now I'm not as scared if I were to leave home again. And just being in a 5 star hotel is an amazing experience alone, but in addition to that I was on a tennis trip with many new people. 

I really enjoyed the Palm Springs trip and hope that in the future I will have an opportunity like it. I deeply appreciate everything that you and Hilary have done for us on this trip and for making my winter break A LOT more fun! Well I just want you to know how much I appreciate your efforts and compassion toward this trip and tennis overall. Well, thank you!


Love, 
Chloe Henderson 

 

Aphrah Brokaw Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,

Thank you for inviting me on the Palm Springs trip and also for getting me to go! My parents told me it would be a good experience and a way to get to know people in the Tennis Academy, but I really wasn't sure if I wanted or should go. A lot of these people have known each other for most of their lives and I thought I'd feel out of place; once I got there though, everyone was truly nice and inviting. I felt very included in everything from soccer to games at the end of the day in the hotel room, and I believe everyone else did too.

It was a wonderful experience for me to have to suck up some of my fears, go on the trip, talk in front of people, and spend a week with people I wasn't that comfortable with before the trip. I'm really glad I did this because I would have missed out on an experience that has changed a lot of people it seems. Hearing all the stories and seeing how emotional and touching it was for everyone was very insightful. I found it petrifying to have to go up and speak myself, but I felt accomplished afterwards and proud afterwords so thank you for that.

I've never been one to stay up late and slack in school, but your leadership talks truly do make sense. There is a right and wrong and you must learn to let the feelings go because they are capable of getting you in to a bundle of trouble. I've seen my peers get expelled from school for doing drugs, party, and just plain not come to school because they find it stupid! To me, those are just idiotic choices to make, but obviously people make them on a daily basis. It's refreshing to see and hear someone talking about ways to stay out of that troubled life and to hear stories of people who were able to switch directions in life.

If I don't go to Palm Springs or any other trip of yours again, I'm happy to have had the opportunity and was convinced to take the opportunity and go on this trip. I really do have to give you credit for getting me out of shell. Something I think I got a bit better at this week was public speaking which was something that I needed to gain confidence in. Also, I hope that I am more comfortable with getting to know new people now and I am less shy about it.

Thank you for all the lessons you taught us and the lessons the alumni taught as well. I hope that I'm able to carry some of these teachings with me. If I succeed in this, I believe they will make me a better person as I get older and learn more. I believe every experience you have will shape you as a person. It may be for the better or the worse depending on how you take it in, but I hope that I am able to become a good person who teaches others what I have learned.

 

-Aphrah Brokaw

Nikki Newell Thank you Letter

Ryan,

This trip was such an inspirational trip to have me realize I can do great things if I just stay focused and do what I know is right. The one night when the alumni and everyone was giving their speeches, I was thinking; I want to be standing up there, like the alumni, telling my story and being able to look back and see all the things that I accomplished. I learned a whole lot from that.
It was super fun getting to play on grass courts for the first time and to have that experience. The weather was great, I thought it was beautiful being in a different environment from Vegas, there was a lot of green which I really loved. I also learned that I need to practice relaxing and to not listen to my thoughts more. It was a great trip and I appreciate everything.

Thanks,
Nikki Newell

Kristen Newell Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan Wolfington,

I just wanted to thank you for giving me the amazing opportunity you gave me by letting me go on the Palm Springs trip. I feel like I can speak a little better in front of big crowds. I also feel like I have gotten to know everybody better. Everyone was sharing their story and I thought it was very inspiring. I am excited to see where I end up going to college and what I will be saying my biggest highlight is five or six years from now. I have also learned how to relax. When we would relax for even 5 to ten minutes, I felt like I had a little more energy. When we would stand by the waterfall and close our eyes, which also gave me some energy too.

One of the things I really liked about the Palm Springs trip is how everyone was so friendly. I have made friends from this trip. All of the alumni are really good to me but if I had to choose the person that has always been nice to me and has been a great person to everyone I would probably have to say Willie Sublette. He is very friendly and everybody knows Willie because he talks to everybody and is not rude to anyone. A lot of the alumni are very friendly but Willie is one of the first people I think of when I think of the alumni.

It was also great because I have talked to some people I have never talked to before. One of them is Sarah Toti. She started talking to me and Chloe Henderson at dinner one night. She was asking us about tennis and other things. She was also telling us about how she got the scholarship. I thought that was very good how she got the scholarship because of her personality and good attitude. I would like to be like her, how she has a really good personality and she is not shy and also how she has a great attitude on and off the tennis court. That is what I really like about her.
Going to Palm Springs was great because this was my first trip. I really have learned a lot about people and other stuff. We got to play on the grass court before we left to come back home. We got to relax and play some football and soccer. We got to communicate with people while we were at dinner and at the hotel. It was also very nice staying in a 5 star hotel. Some of us even went on a boat ride. There was even some fish you could see at the bottom. It was very nice. I thought it was also nice when we would run around the golf course and everything was so green. It looked really cool. We did a lot more stuff too. I hope I get to go on more trips because I really liked this trip. I appreciate it that you gave me an amazing opportunity. Thank you so much for everything.

Thank you,
Kristen Newell

John Qualls Thank you Letter

Ryan,

I am writing to thank you for everything you and the foundation have done for me this year. This past year has been a great learning experience for me, not only on the tennis court, but also with life. The countless trips and events I have attended this year, taught me more valuable information than I have ever learned in my entire life. Thanks to you, I have been able to play the game I love every day at an affordable cost. I greatly appreciate all the trips that I have attended, whether it be for a tournament, or for a vacation, the foundation has made it financially possible for me to go. If you hadn't convinced me to join the day academy last year, there would have been no chance for me to eventually play competitive college tennis. Thanks again for everything you have done for me.

I also wanted to talk to you about the Palm Springs trip. I don't think it would be wise for me to go because I am currently 30 assignments behind in school. I also have three B's, which is unheard of for me, and is really stressing me out. I have been behind since the start of the school year, and would like to spend the two weeks that I have off for winter break to catch up, and to raise my grades so that I won't have to stay up past midnight every weekday just to prevent more work from being added.


Thank you,
John Qualls

Greg Levitt Thank you Letter

Bryan Brothers Clinic 

Hello Ryan,

Thank you and the Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation very much for organizing the 
Tennis Clinic with David Macpherson last evening at the DTC. It was one of the 
very best events for kids that we have had in Las Vegas over the past three 
years that I have been involved in tennis.
David is an excellent coach, a great person and you and him did a great job with 
the Q & Q session. 
Thank you again for bringing a great event to Jr. Tennis players in Nevada.

Sincerely,
Greg Levitt

(Dylan Levitt's Dad)

Sarah Lucas Thank you Letter

Dear Ryan,

I needed to take a moment and thank you, not only for the time, effort and energy you give into shaping us into the best versions of ourselves, but also for presenting us with opportunities of a lifetime such as the Santa Barbara trip.
I use trips such as this one to spend quality time with the team and to learn and grow in wisdom from the countless lessons we face on the trip. The things we realize, experience and learn enrich our lives in more ways than we notice initially. These lessons add to our individual stories and journeys and we take home memories that serve us well into our bright futures.
I want to thank you both for genuinely caring about each of us and mostly for not giving up on us when we're clowns.

I firmly believe that what I have achieved thus far in earning a college scholarship to Seattle University has been made possible for me because of the great spirits I surround myself with.
Now, I have a great story to tell of my accomplishments because I was able to do the right thing. A lot of times it's difficult to realize what one is capable of. When going after something great in your life, it's hard to stay on the right track and it's easy to fall in the trap of being unsure. Thank you for believing in me when I was unsure and showing me the way when I didn't know where to go. I'm not sure if you realize you both have done all this for me. I just wanted you to know that I'm always grateful!

Sarah Lucas