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First Break Academy Names JR Sarmiento As New Tennis Director

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JR Sarmiento has been named Tennis Director for First Break Academy.

JR Sarmiento joined First Break Academy based out of Dignity Health Sports Park on April 14th, 2022 and has already begun making an impact.

Sarmiento will lead and oversee all aspects of First Break Academy’s Junior Excellence Program including Red, Orange, Green, Yellow Ball programming. He will direct First Break’s primary tennis program, and all summer camp programming in Carson and surrounding communities. Sarmiento will also make himself available for private lessons for First Break students and others.

Originally from Carson, CA, Sarmiento is a former five-star tennis recruit and student-athlete on the UCLA Bruins Men’s Tennis team. Upon graduating from UCLA in 2013, he continued his tennis career, teaching at the South Bay Tennis Center. He went on to become the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Cal State Fullerton Women’s Tennis team and later the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Whittier College. Most recently JR has been a private tennis coach, developing players at all levels. 

“JR brings a unique blend of youthful perspective, paired with the playing and coaching experience of someone much his senior to the director position. A refreshing dynamic that First Break believes will drive program success to the next level.” – FBA Executive Director, Jerome Jones

“He believes in the FBA mission and is already making strong connections with our current coaching staff, parents and kids. FBA and our kids are in for a treat.”

The First Break Academy Board of Directors, students, and families welcome JR Sarmiento!

 Founded in 2014 and located at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA First Break is a nationally recognized 501c3 dedicated to positively impacting the lives of youngsters in underserved communities by ensuring access to safe, affordable, quality tennis instruction, multi-sport play, and academic enrichment. Setting a path toward inclusion and excellence. For more information about First Break Academy visit, www.firstbreakacademy.com.

Editor’s Note: We applaud Rick Buchta and his team. Within his  program. He brings knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and endless energy to help grow the sport. Respect !