LANE | Meg Peavy teaching tennis and learning life lessons
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Meg Peavy is in several halls of fame for her playing and teaching prowess in the game of tennis. It is her work with the under-served that has taken up bigger chunks of her tennis time in recent years.
The associate director of the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on the University of Louisville campus provides personal instruction twice a week to children undergoing therapy at Frazier Rehab Institute. Peavy also teaches ongoing tennis programs for organizations like Kentucky Special Olympics, Down Syndrome of Louisville and FEAT for autistic children.
"If everybody took a minute to say you are blessed with something, you have a gift," said Peavy. "It could be writing, could be mowing the grass, something you're really good at. If you teach a kid to do that they aren't going to be the same. Maybe all they even do is wheelchair tennis, rolling around with me tossing the ball. They think they're tennis players. They actually just play tennis, but they have taken on the mantle of tennis players. There's a difference and that's exciting.
Peavy said she learned empathy at an early age, always feeling bad for kids that weren't picked for teams.
"We all have disabilities," she continued. "Just because their disability is different doesn't mean we don't have a disability. We're not perfect. We learn as much from them as they do from us, even more."
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