Tennis - Boys 2nd Team
Tennis - Boys 2nd Team
Brooks' fine tradition of tennis dates back to the 1930s. The boys program attempts to instill and perpetuate a passion for the game of tennis while developing the tactics and skills necessary to compete successfully. There is significant importance placed on being a team player, competing hard and representing oneself and the school at the highest level.
The program consists of approximately 24 boys on two teams, which practice for 90 minutes each day. The Brooks facility consists of eight outdoor hard surfaced courts, located behind the Danforth Squash and Rowing Center. Matches, six singles and three doubles, are played every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon during the spring. Brooks is one of 16 teams in the Independent School League.
In addition, student athletes are fortunate to have access to the exceptional on-campus athletic facilities at Brooks. Athletes at all levels have the opportunity to use the fully equipped weight room to improve strength and conditioning, and a fully-staffed training room is available to treat injuries big and small.
Babette “Babs” Wheelden joined Brooks as Arts Department Chair, a visual arts teacher and director of the Robert Lehman Art Gallery in the summer of 2019. A native of Wayzata, Minnesota (where she played varsity golf and tennis), she has taught in independent schools on the east coast for more than 25 years. Prior to arriving on campus, Wheelden spent 22 years at Kents Hill School in Maine, serving as Dean of Faculty and Chair of the Arts, as well as teaching A.P. Art History, A.P. Studio Arts, and Environmental Photography. She was also Director of the school’s Gruss-Bard Gallery and coached varsity golf and junior varsity tennis. Wheelden began her career in education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she received the Byron Smith Capstone Fellowship for graduate studies, and currently serves on the Educator Advisory Board for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A mother of two, she, her husband and their son Fenix '22 reside on campus, where she also coaches the boys 2nd tennis team, continues working on her game and avidly watches men's and women's professional tennis.