Helena Lynn doesn’t talk much about herself.
When asked about her most memorable tennis accomplishments, she talks about her partner and doubles teammate. When asked what she’s most proud of, she mentions her family.
At just 12 years old, Lynn shows perspective well beyond her years.
She also has a lot of game.
The past year has been incredible for Lynn on the tennis court. She had a number of strong finishes at local and national tournaments, most recently winning a Girls’ Level 3 Championship at The Tennis Zone in Quakertown, Pa. with teammate Nina Costalas. Her Junior Team Tennis squad, which plays out of Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club, advanced to USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships last year.
Moving through 2019, she shows no signs of slowing down.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing tennis, alone in singles and also as a team,” she said. “I like every aspect of it.”
Lynn’s play on the court may be overshadowed by her attitude on the court. Her great sportsmanship earned her the Middle States Girls’ 12s Sportsmanship Award for 2018.
With her sister, Helena is involved as an ambassador for Down the Line and Beyond, a youth tennis-focused National Junior Tennis and Learning chapter in Philadelphia.
“Ambassadors are the core group of children we work with on a consistent basis,” said Oscar Eppley, the Executive Director of DTLB. “With this group we provide support on how to improve one’s tennis, character and health both on and off the court. Helena and her sister are both ambassadors and their family has been extremely generous in volunteering their time, as well.”
Lynn isn’t only about tennis, though. She’s enjoyed participating in other sports, including basketball and swimming. It’s helped her become even more well-rounded as an athlete, and keep her perspective off the court.
“I have a lot of fun playing tennis and everything else,” she said. “I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”