For years, Justin Landis has helped grow tennis in Middle States by playing, teaching and volunteering.
He’s now growing tennis by running.
Along with a small group of tennis advocates from around the country, Landis recently teamed with USTA Serves and is training for the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Landis will represent USTA Serves and USTA Middle States during the run, and is raising money to support a brighter future for at-risk youth and people with disabilities. He pledged to raise a minimum of $3,500 for USTA Serves, with all money raised being pumped back into the local community for tennis and education.
“I’m excited about it, it’s going to be a great experience,” Landis said. “I’ve been looking to try something new and exciting to throw myself into. In a way, this combines a lot of my hobbies: Tennis, running, and community development.”
Landis is a PTR Certified Teaching Professional, Tennis Program Manager and freelance writer based in the Philadelphia District. He spent most of the past two years living and working abroad as a guidance counselor and copywriter in the Czech Republic.
His roots in the Philadelphia area are strong, having played USTA Junior Tournaments, high school varsity, and Division I collegiate tennis. He was also heavily involved with Tennis On Campus.
Living such an active lifestyle, a marathon was on his bucket list.
“I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and add that to my accomplishments,” said Landis, who has run half-marathons in the past. “I can turn my brain off and just go. In this situation, I’m treating it as a job. I’m going to train, raise money for a good cause, and stay diligent. But it’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to it.”
By teaming with USTA Serves, Landis will participate in team conference calls, USTA Serves Team events, pre-race and race-day support, and more.