Thursday, September 26, 2013

Parth Patel

Parth arrived on the Bethany tennis team believing that he would be a great singles player for us. 4 straight years of playing doubles later I hope we’ve erased the fantasy from his head. Parth brings great skills as a doubles player, perhaps best of all he strives to remain a positive coach and teammate to his double’s partners (even when they make it really hard on him, Jesse Amstutz).

And this is what I’ve appreciated about Parth the most, his commitment to his teammates and their betterment. He truly takes joy from others wins and losses. He finds it awesome when a younger player gets their first big win. He comes and talks to me about teammates he feels are having a hard time. He leads our get pumped up cheer at the beginning of matches, leads stretching on most days of practice so that we don’t end up with sore rotator cuffs. He supports our hands when we bring it in as a team to prepare for our matches together.

Parth is a man of commitments and priorities, and he holds his teammates highly in his hierarchy. I really feel that Philippians 2 could describe Parth well:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

I know that is priorities combined with his compassion and humility will make him quite a successful person.

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