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Kareem Bryant is someone you should know!


Kareem may be new to the scene in the Delaware District, but his history with the game of tennis spans a lifetime. Kareem began playing tennis at University of Penn when he was 6  years old and has amassed an impressive collection of awards and honors that he is too humble to list on his resume. When asked what tennis has done for him on a personal level, Kareem notes that “tennis has given me so much in my life: a full collegiate scholarship, national and international travel experiences, life-long friends and so much more.”


As a child, Kareem was afforded the opportunity to play the game by a few dedicated men and women who believed strongly in the power of tennis to improve lives. He states that “the best way to pay homage to those that taught me the game was to do for others the way it was done for me.” Kareem’s entire career supports this personal mission. After spending ten years in the Philadelphia public education system as a teacher, school administrator, and Principal, Kareem took his expertise in education and transferred it back to the court by joining Legacy Youth Tennis and Education.  At Legacy, Kareem served first as a program coordinator and then as the Director of Neighborhood-Based Programming, where he took the game of tennis to the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. From Legacy, Kareem joined Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association as the Executive Director in August, 2017, where he works to improve the lives of underserved youth in the local community through tennis and education.


When asked his view on why tennis is important to community building, Kareem stated that “tennis influences a community in so many ways. The sport offers young people an opportunity to learn different aspects of life and provides a safe space, an identity, and organic ways to develop leadership skills.  Adults typically play to the sport to stay active, socialize and enjoy healthy competition. Overall, the sport offers communities the ability to create healthy common unities among peers.”


When he's not improving lives on the court, Kareem can be found cooking, traveling, playing golf, or spending time with his family!