The Fred W. Steinman Patrons Cup is a junior instructional program for players of all ability levels between the ages of 6 and 18 years old.
This four-week, 90-minute program is held twice a year on Saturdays during the Spring and the Fall. This program was named after the late Fred W. Steinman, the founder of Racquet Club West, who loved working with junior players. The Steinman Patrons Cup regularly features at least 100 participants per session eager to take their game to the next levelLTPA presents the Rod Jackson Scholarship at every Spring session to a deserving male and a deserving female participant in honor of a “true gentleman” of Lancaster County tennis. The scholarship awards future participation in the Steinman Patrons Cup program as well as the Aces Camp at Franklin & Marshall College.
Rod Jackson was one of the kindest and nicest of men. He cared about others and always showed compassion towards others. His personality was low profile and yet he stood by his strong principles. He possessed high morals and values. He always showed respect for others.
In Rod Jackson’s retirement he was asked twice to coach at Penn Manor High School, first the boys’ team and then the girls’ team after resigning as coach of the boys’ team. In both instances if Rod Jackson had not agreed to coach these young high school students the Penn Manor High School would not have been able to field a team.
Rod Jackson taught tennis for many, many years on his own tennis court behind his house. He inspired the young and old to play the game. One learned more than just how to play tennis when getting instruction from Rod Jackson. They all learned life lessons as well.
Rod Jackson Scholarship Winners – Girls/Boys
Year 2004 Linda Soukas, Lancaster/ Yoko Roldan, Lancaster
Year 2005 Katelyn Acker, Narvon/ Dylan Haefner, Lititz
Year 2006 Amanda Carello, Lancaster/ Brandon McEwan, Lancaster
Year 2007 Elisha Valmonte, Kinzers/ Thomas O’Brien, Lancaster
Year 2008 Grace Kensinger, Manheim/ Noah Brady, Nottingham
Year 2009 Stephanie Gainer, Mount Joy/ Tony Deimler, Lititz
Year 2010 Katina Jones, Lancaster/ Ryan Fritz, Ephrata
Year 2011 Emily Till, Manheim/ Nate Deimler, Lititz
Year 2012 Tori Schultz, Lancaster/ Peter Kade, Lancaster
Year 2013 Marissa Witmer, Quarryville/ Andrew Jordan, Landisville
Year 2014 Heather Kulp, Lititz/Austin Glass, Landisville
Year 2015 Tyler Trump/Emily Wilczek
Jeff Kitsock, PTR, Director of the Fred W. Steinman Patrons Cup since 2002, has been a tennis teaching professional for more than 25 years. He has coached tennis at the collegiate level for Penn State University. He is also a writer who has contributed guest columns to “NetPlay” magazine and feature articles to “Tennis Pro, the International Magazine of PTR Tennis Teachers and Coaches.”