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RICHARD BAKER

Springtime brings out the best in us. Flowers are blooming, the air is sweet and the outdoors beckon for us to come out to play! Stories of inspiration fit particularly well this time of year. Richard Baker of Harbor Hills has a relatable story that provides both inspiration and hope.

Richard hails from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Heartened by his Dad’s encouragement, he started playing tennis in 6th grade. Richard continued his sport in high school and later in college at East Stroudsburg University. His success qualified him to participate in USTA sanctioned tournaments in the Middle States and he was regionally ranked.

In 2016, a severe bicycle accident tore three tendons in his left leg. The injury impacted Richard’s ability not only to play sports, but to fully enjoy mobility and life. Enter Harbor Hills Tennis Pro John Natolly and friend Steve Stephens, an active member of the Harbor Hills Racquet Association. With their help and Richard’s grit and determination, he was able to return to the court. Richard now plays in tennis socials four to five times a week as well as rounds of men’s and mixed doubles!

HHRA’s outgoing president Giac Modica has given endlessly of his time and skill over eight years of leadership. As he steps down, the responsibilities and duties will now be filled by the association’s new president, Richard Baker. Richard is excited to organize monthly social events and promote more interclub play.

Richard’s story reminds us to believe in ourselves and the power of intention. Caring and positive people help us reach goals we never thought possible. Yes, spring is the perfect time to renew our hope and begin again.

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