Special Olympics Serve as a Perfect Match for Mother-Daughter Tennis Coach Team
It's a match made in heaven. The Special Olympics was looking for volunteers to coach tennis; tennis gurus Charinda Lohaphaisan, PharmD and her daughter Proyfon were looking for a good place to volunteer. Like they say, a perfect match.
"It's great to volunteer with my daughter to help people, it brings us closer," says Charinda who, along with Proyfon, also volunteers through KP Cares.
In coaching tennis for Special Olympics, this mother-daughter team has opened up a new world to many young athletes. "These athletes are playing tennis for the first time," says Charinda. "They are so enthusiastic when they learn the sport. You should see their smiles when they hit the ball."
Of course, this duo is teaching so much more than tennis. They're helping the kids build confidence and strength, improve their coordination, and gain independence.
"We've seen real changes in the athletes," says Charinda. "Some of the kids were shy, but now they trust us and are more outgoing. We see them progress each week. They want to learn. We want to teach them."