A Tennis Coach Making a Greater Impact

Romansky Tennis Academy

3. Good Health and Well-Being

Overview

The Romansky Tennis Academy goes beyond the lines of the court in order to improve the good health and well being of its pupils. Bogdana Romansky-Livianu ensures that the values instilled in the lifeblood of her tennis upbringing reaches as many students as possible that pick up a racket, whether it be in Coney Island or Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York. Helping keep the youth of NYC healthy in both body and mind, Romansky Tennis Academy has become a place of solace, growth, and improvement for hundreds of young adults in New York City. The Tennis Academy's ability to provide these opportunities for some underprivileged youth in Brooklyn has been pivotal in ensuring that children are afforded the same opportunities to succeed in the sport, regardless of their background or class status.

Authors

Jessica Livianu

Jessica Livianu

Stephanie Rojas

Stephanie Rojas

Frank Popper

Frank Popper

Lesly Brito

Lesly Brito

School

St. John's University

St. John's University

Professor

Charles Wankel

Charles Wankel

Innovation

Bogdana Romansky-Livianu is the CEO of The Romansky Tennis Academy. She created this company because she was a fourth generation professional tennis player, and has an endless passion for the sport. This business is located in Brooklyn, and offers children different opportunities in tennis. Ms. Romansky-Livianu explains how she has created a business that has a family like culture. They take pride in teaching children positive behavioral skills through the greatness of sport. The academy also takes pride in teaching amazing sportsmanship, being a team player, and being understanding. Ms. Romansky-Livianu also explains, "My goal for all my students as well as those on scholarship is to teach them to love the game as well as play the game. Some go on to become national champions and college athletes, while others enjoy playing on the weekend with friends or in recreational leagues. My goal is for them to have good memories on the tennis court while also succeeding in their own way." We enjoyed hearing about how she provided many underprivileged children with the opportunity to participate in different classes, and summer camps.

A Tennis Coach Making a Greater Impact

Inspiration

CEO Bogdana Romansky-Livianu has a background in Tennis. She is a fourth-generation tennis player. Her father was the leader of the Bulgarian Tennis Federation. She grew up watching her father and grandfather play Tennis. It was only a matter of time before she grew a love and passion for the sport. In 1994, Bogdana moved to the United States from Bulgaria. She dreamed about opening her Tennis academy after retiring from her professional tennis career. 27 years later, her dreams become reality. Bogdana is one of the best tennis coaches in New York, with hundreds of students playing at various levels ranging from recreational to professional. This endless passion for the sport is what inspired CEO Romasky-Livianu to open her Tennis academy and teach her students to love and play the game.

Overall impact

The Romansky Tennis Academy has had a positive impact on students of all ages. Tennis skills are not the only thing taught at the academy. “We have created a business with a family like culture, we teach children positive behavioral skills through the greatness of sport. One of the greatest examples is sportsmanship, teamwork and consideration.” Said CEO Bogdana Romansky- Livianu. The goal for all students including those on scholarship is to have good memories on the tennis court as well as succeeding in their own way.


Business benefit

The innovation helps the business make a full cycle. Eventually, these young children will grow up and have their own families, and they will remember the moments spent at the academy learning the tools they learned and using them in life. Their gratitude will be paid through spreading the word within the community, as well as eventually helping other children in need. Furthermore, the children given opportunities to learn to play tennis at the highest level may even get a college scholarship or, better yet, play professionally. This is the greatest form of advertisement and will inspire young tennis players from the community to also work hard and reach for as much as they can. Overall, the innovation benefits the business because the successful young adults that have learned these valuable skills will remember their roots and want to make a greater impact on the community, the same way someone once did for them.

Social and environmental benefit

Romansky Tennis Academy teaches children from a young age to be conscientiously aware of their environment through the gift of sport. While playing tennis may not have any effect on the environment, the equipment and utilities needed do. After several days at camp, children start to visually see how much waste they accumulate, especially through plastic water bottles and wrappers. Eventually, these children learn the importance of bringing reusable bottles instead. In continuation, the children that participate in the camp also start to bring paper bag lunches in order to reduce water, in addition bring their own towels rather than paper towels that are one-time-use and disposable. This conscientious awareness from a young age creates a lifestyle and culture that they will continue to use as they grow and develop into young adults.

While Romansky Tennis Academy is environmentally friendly, so are they societally. The scholarships awarded from the academy have given many underprivileged children the ability to reach new heights that may have not been possible if it were not for learning tennis. Learning to play tennis, especially at a high level, has allowed some scholarship students to become the first member of their family to graduate university as well as go onto traveling the world and play professionally. The benefits and opportunities created through the scholarship program has also motivated younger new students to work hard so that they can become like these successful young adults one day.



Interview

Bogdana Romansky-Livianu, CEO

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Romansky Tennis Academy

Romansky Tennis Academy

Brooklyn, NY, US

Business Website: https://*No website

Year Founded: 2008

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

Romansky Tennis Academy provides tennis lessons to children and adults of all ages. With more than three decades of experience, Romansky Tennis Academy has given hundreds of children the opportunity to compete and play tennis at various levels ranging from recreational tennis to college and professional levels.