A ball, a net and two racquets. They’re simple things in and of themselves, but they can give you so much.
At RecTennis, we know that tennis is more than a sport or a pastime. Sure, practicing and playing make you more physically fit. You become stronger and more agile. You develop your eye-hand coordination and your reflexes.
However, tennis does even more than all that. While you’re still having fun, you also learn discipline and focus. You learn how to confront your limitations and take steps to overcome them. You learn how to connect, engage and work with other people. You learn how to take pride in yourself and what you can do.
Tennis isn’t just about winning a game—it’s about winning at life.
RecTennis is proud to offer programs that allow children and teens to develop both as players and as people. At the same time, we provide families the chance to have fun and strengthen their bonds through the game of tennis.
To learn more, see our different programs here.
RecTennis is proud to be part of the Pacific Northwest section of the United States Tennis Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing health, wellness, life skills, and other year-round opportunities by engaging people with tennis. USTA PNW also organizes instruction, leagues and tournaments for players of various ages and skill levels. Visit pnw.usta.com for information on signing up and playing in competitions.
Matthew Warren, MNA, serves as Executive Director for USTA PNW. Through his collaborative, innovative and visionary leadership style with the Board and staff, Matthew instituted strategic planning, synchronized the plan with operations, and implemented meaningful metrics and data analytics to measure the progress towards goals and impact. This process has included overhauling governance, developing relevant products and integrating technology and micro-targeting. These efforts have resulted in a deeper level of engagement with communities and customers, expansion in the scope of organizational operations, and a 50% increase in the annual operating budget in just three years.
Prior to joining USTA PNW, Matthew played collegiate tennis at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he was a member of the 2000 NCAA National Championship team and named an Academic All-American in 2001. After graduation, Matthew utilized his political science undergraduate degree by working for the City of San Antonio City Council and raising funds for the United Way. He then attended the University of Notre Dame where he graduated, cum laude, with a master’s in Non-Profit Administration from the Mendoza School of Business.
While attending graduate school, Matthew won the Notre Dame Social Venture Business Plan Competition and received a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. He used the seed money to develop an international NGO, which focused on peacebuilding and inter-religious dialogue. Additionally, Matthew worked at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame where he partnered with professors to develop the Peace Accords Matrix – a research project that studied the implementation status of comprehensive peace accords – and, with the support of professors, informally advised on ongoing peace processes. Also, during graduate school, Matthew helped shape the South Bend Community Tennis Association where in six months he initiated an annual gala fundraiser and implemented after-school programs in the schools and parks.
Matthew has also served as Executive Director of the USTA Intermountain Section and the Executive Director of the USTA Idaho District. He currently serves on several volunteer boards, including the Mendoza College of Business Alumni Board, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Endowment Board, and the Oregon Expanded Learning Partnership Board. Additionally, Matthew consults non-profit organizations in the areas of governance, strategic planning, vision work, fundraising, board development, among other topics. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Beaverton, Oregon, and have a son, Christopher.
China Kirk, MNA, serves as Chief Operations Officer for USTA PNW. During her first two years with USTA PNW, Kirk led an outstanding team that worked to create, deliver, and expand pilots that by year two, expanded PNW reach and impact to include more than 12 multi-year joint partnerships, 29 community hubs, 101 schools, and more than 240 Seasonal Staff delivering affordable activities for 11,000 participants, as well as a new and profitable revenue stream. She professionalized Marketing and HR functions and as well as leveraged cloud and web-based technologies and platforms to engage remote staff and to help ensure quality delivery throughout the section’s four states.
Prior to her role with USTA PNW, Kirk served as the National Manager, Education & Outreach, for the United States Tennis Association at the national headquarters in White Plains, NY. There she oversaw acquisition and national rollout of educational products ($1+ million) to a network of 600 nonprofit organizations providing services to 300,000 underserved youth, as well as delivered against numerous partnerships such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America on US Military Bases domestic and abroad, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and represented the organization as a speaker during annual special events and trainings.
Before formally joining the USTA family, she served as Director of Marketing & Private Funding for the Arthur Ashe-founded nonprofit, New York Junior Tennis & Learning. In addition to overseeing the departments responsible for grant writing and hosting quarterly fundraisers netting more than $750k per year, Kirk delivered against special events including Nike Event with Roger Federer, NASDAQ ceremony with Mary Carillo, Longines exhibition with Steffi Graf, Tyra Banks Show with Serena Williams, and the annual Kids’ Day Parade & Carnival featuring 2,200 local youth, teachers, and their public officials.
Kirk combines her love of growing the game of tennis with an extensive business background that includes client services and best practice redesign for medical practices and service organizations, financial planning with Morgan Stanley, and a history of community volunteerism.
She graduated with a Bachelor in Sociology, cum laude, from New York University, and a Master of Nonprofit Administration, cum laude, from the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. She represented ND during its 60th Anniversary Campaign.
Kirk serves on committees and volunteers through PNG Rotary Club, Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), Notre Dame Alumni Club, and Surfrider Foundation.