We chose the flamingo as a logo for our tennis team because this description suits the exuberant and stylish members of this team. Last year, we won the USTA State Championship representing Knoxville in the 3.5 Adult 65+ division, and played some tough competition in the Southern Sectionals on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Losing to teams from Alabama and Louisiana motivated us to adopt the name, Flamazing Flamingos, and come back stronger than ever in 2018. We have practiced, taken lessons and clinics, and have worked together to win once again against tough competition in Knoxville. We look forward to defending our title at the Tennessee State Championship in Memphis this September, and hope to compete in the Southern Sectionals once again. We apply the wisdom of Henry Ford who said that “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.”
Our goals extend beyond tennis and we are passionate about giving back to the Knoxville community with our time and talents. We have a wonderful camaraderie and volunteer for many different organizations including AARP volunteer tax preparation, Akima, Big Sisters through Big Brothers Big Sisters, church boards and committees, Dogwood Arts Festival, Fantasy of Trees for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Greater Knoxville Tennis Association, Helen Ross McNabb Tennis Challenger tournament, Maryville College Board, The Heart Gala, Knox County Political Parties, Tennessee Troupe and Travel Club, UT Chancellor’s Associate, Volunteer Ministry Center/Carry the Torch, and Zoo Knoxville. We believe Helen Keller’s words that “alone we can do so little and together we can do so much.”
Our career choices are as varied as our volunteer choices. We have been attorneys, a published author, accountants, bookkeepers, engineers, teachers, and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Blount County Circuit Court. Some of our players are still in the work force, and many are caring for family members ranging from parents to spouses to grandchildren. We claim more than 60 grandchildren who call us by many names: Grandma, CC, Grammie, Nana, Nonnie, Louie, Granny, Ya Ya, Mo Mo, and Grandmama, but while we are on the tennis court, we are having fun being called the FLAMAZING FLAMINGOS for the 2018 season. s