Christine Beck – A True Champion

Christine Beck serves on Legacy’s Board of Directors. But Chris’s commitment and dedication to
Philadelphia area youth and to Legacy Youth Tennis and Education started back in 1970 when Chris,
along with her husband Leif, started the Philadelphia chapter of the National Junior Tennis League
(NJTL), the Nation’s second ever chapter. Today, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education is one of the
largest NJTL chapters, thanks in large part to Chris and Leif’s early efforts. She also served as the national
board chair of the NJTL from 1979-1983. In recognition of her efforts, Chris was honored with the
USTA/NJTL Founder’s Service Award in 2014. In an article written about Chris in Tennis Magazine’s The
Heroes Issue*, she said “If champions emerge, fine. The goal was not to create tennis champions but
rather productive citizens.” As the Philadelphia NJTL grew, she remained committed to the mission and
she was quoted in the article as saying: “Our goals were the same. Use tennis as a hook to open doors
for underserved children and to help them understand the value of education.” Legacy is honored and
proud to welcome Chris back as a member of our board.
*Quotes from article written by Jonathan Scott, Tennis Magazine Nov./Dec. 2014