World Class Tennis: A Black Coach’s Point of View
June 10, 2013
Hosted by Sharon E. Davis
Sports have often been referenced as a great racial and national unifier. The road to the top includes the right coaches at the right time in a career. You may never hear or know the names of some of these coaches who are African-American. Who are they? What story do they have to tell about the real world of coaching? How does race factor into the journey for coaches? Does winning or the color of green money trump any racial matters? The journey to becoming a world class tennis star requires brilliance from excellent coaches. It takes so many ingredients and sometimes a stroke of luck to make it to the top. Morris King, Jr. has coached Venus and Serena Williams and others early in their careers. What can this world class coach, who is African-American, tell us about a part of sports not always discussed in the genteel world of ‘Tennis Anyone?’ His point of view may surprise you, and open new questions about the pipeline and barriers to success behind the stars you admire and love to watch.
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Sharon E. Davis
Sharon is a founding member of the Institute for Healing of Racism in 1987. She has conducted International Dialogue Racism sessions in Mmabato, South Africa, and facilitated a Public Seminar on Cultural and Tribal Unity in Gabaronne, Botswana, and conflict resolution in China. She was interviewed by McNeil/Lehrer Newshour for the “Healing Racism in America” segment.
Sharon served as an International Institute and U.S Immigration Services speaker and MC at Swearing-in Ceremonies for new Americans, a regular TV panelist on “Interfaith Odyssey”, and Advisor and former Executive Director at the National Resource Center for Racial Healing which included being a Project Advisor – Diversity for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Saturn Titan Mission.
Whether Sharon is speaking to a boardroom full of executives or a group of seminar participants in South Africa, she applies her professional experiences and formal training to implement cultural change. Sharon has received numerous awards for her work in helping people unite including Spiritual Midwife of the Millennium Award for Cultural Diversity, one of six “Most Influential Black Women Entrepreneurs in Metro Detroit”, “Diversity Champion’s Honor Role” Birmingham Bloomfield Multiracial Community Council, the Houston, Texas Peace Award for Inter-group Understanding, and the TWIN award as one of 29 Outstanding Professional Women in Business and Industry. She has been quoted in several media publications.