Following nearly ten years of overseeing tennis programs at Legacy’s center in East Falls, with both on and off court responsibilities as a lead coach and program manager, Lance was named Interim President & CEO in June of 2015 and awarded the permanent position of President and CEO in October, 2015. Lance is a USTA certified High Performance Coach and certified PTR National Tester. He is a graduate of Hampton University and received his J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia. Lance grew up playing tennis at the center as an “Ashe Kid.” He and his wife Syreeta now have the pleasure of watching their daughter Alana and son Lance enjoying time as young and/or future “Legacy Kids.”
Kareem grew up playing tennis on the public courts throughout the city. As a former student-athlete, he went on to play college tennis at Central Connecticut State University, a Division I school. Kareem traveled throughout the United States playing professional tennis, then returned to Philadelphia as a professional coach at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in 2001.
Jude Henzy directs Legacy’s education programs, focusing on implementing the USTA’s National Junior Tennis and Learning “ACE” curriculum both at Legacy’s regional training center and in the community. Before taking on her role as Director of Education she worked for Legacy as a coach in our community tennis programs. Jude earned a BA and MA from the University of Connecticut, and has worked as an education director for more than 20 years.
Sanjin has been a player and coach at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, coached by and working alongside the best coaches in the world. Prior to being named Director or Player Development, Sanjin served as an Academy clinic coach at Legacy and an assistant coach for the Men’s Tennis Team at Temple University.
Samantha “Sam” recently joined Legacy after nearly 19 years at World TeamTennis serving as SVP of Operations and Player Recruiting. A seasoned sports professional, Sam directed day to day operations of WTT, managed their annual charity tennis event “Smash Hits” co-hosted by Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John. She recruited all professional talent for the Pro League and provided daily management, leadership and motivation for the WTT internal staff. A Philadelphia native, Sam attended Springside School then graduated from Lafayette College. She has a long history of competitive tennis, playing her junior years in Middle States, training at the Arthur Ashe Center followed by four years of college tennis. Along with her passion for tennis, she is an avid skier and loves to run.
Nick Walton, formerly Legacy’s Operations Manager was promoted to a newly created position, Director of Tennis Administration in the Fall of 2016. In this new role, Nick will focus his talents on the logistical needs of managing the facility, clinics and center based programs.