Tips for Improving Your Tennis Game, by James Clooney

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment

My dedication to tennis has helped me achieve a National Senior ranking by the United States Tennis Association. There are a number of steps you can take to improve your tennis game.

1. Improving your groundstroke can greatly enhance your overall performance. Practice your groundstroke with a partner at least twice a week. Take lessons from a tennis pro at least once a month if possible.

2. Work to maintain your focus during a match. Instead of chastising yourself for making a bad shot, concentrate on what you must do to defeat your opponent.

3. Improve your fitness level. Losing a few extra pounds can make a huge difference in your stamina and lead to better performance.

4. Develop your serving technique. Serving is one aspect of your game you can work on alone as well as with a partner. Attempt to get to the point where you can serve effectively without having to think about your technique.

About the author: James Clooney is a New York-based financial services professional and accomplished tennis player


The Edwin Gould Foundation, By James Clooney

August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

A nonprofit organization based in New York City, the Edwin Gould Foundation has been helping youth from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1885. Edwin Gould, a successful entrepreneur and member of one of the country’s wealthiest families, began a charity that eventually became the Edwin Gould Foundation. He founded his organization after his son died in a hunting accident and hoped that it would encourage young people to achieve to their highest abilities. The foundation began its work with youth boarding houses, summer camps, vocational training programs, and health-care facilities in the greater New York City area.

Today, the Edwin Gould Foundation provides funding and support to organizations such as New York City Outward Bound, Teach for America, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, and Citizen Schools NYC. Another initiative is the Edwin Gould Academy, which offers educational programs, housing, and after-care services to youth who have outgrown the foster care and juvenile justice systems. The foundation continues to rely on the support of philanthropists to achieve its mission of serving young people in difficult situations.

As President of Total Solutions Advisors, James Clooney provides marketing services to consumer-finance and real-estates businesses. Mr. Clooney supports the Edwin Gould Foundation.

The Many Benefits of Playing Tennis by James Clooney

As an active member of the United States Tennis Association, James Clooney has experienced firsthand the numerous benefits playing tennis has to offer. Below, he offers just a few:

1. Tennis is an excellent source of cardiovascular exercise, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight and warding off the harmful effects of heart disease.

2. Tennis can help to eliminate stress, an excess of which negatively impacts both mental and physical health.

3. Playing tennis can help to develop better hand-eye coordination and improve motor skills.

4. Tennis is a sport that one can continue to play even as one ages. Doing so can slow the effects of the aging process and provide a means of social activity.

5. According to Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger of the Harvard University School of Public Health, playing tennis three hours per week at a moderately vigorous intensity level can cut the risk of premature death in half.

6. The alertness and strategic thought process required to outplay a tennis opponent can result in continuous brain development throughout life.

About the Author: A nationally ranked senior tennis player, James Clooney attended St. John’s University on a four-year tennis scholarship. Mr. Clooney is the Principal of Total Solutions Advisors.

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