Owner, Brandon Currie's, Story
At an early age I was taught to set goals and work as hard as possible to accomplish them. I watched both of my parents wake up every morning and go to work so that they could provide better lives for my brother and me, and set examples for us to live by.
Ultimately, these family traditions were interwoven into my love for the sport of tennis. Growing up I was introduced to the game by my father at the age of seven. My father played several sports but he took a liking to the game of tennis and he became the first black to win the city championships in Milwaukee. This was no small feat, and it became the driving force for my father’s will to make an impact on the sport. Because the game influenced my father so much he chose to take part in building a tennis program throughout the city of Milwaukee that would encourage kids to play throughout communities and neighborhoods.
As I grew older, my life continued to revolve around the game of tennis. Unfortunately, tennis is an extremely expensive sport with various costs for equipment, lessons, and travel for tournaments. My parents saw how much I loved the game and my potential so they made the necessary sacrifices to ensure I had everything I needed to be successful. Their sacrifices paid off, and in the spring of 1996 I became the first black male to win the state tennis title in Wisconsin. I can still remember the feeling of standing on the podium and holding up that trophy for the first time. All of the hard work and effort I had put in for so many years had actually paid off with a reward of winning a state title. It was an unbelievable feeling to share this experience with teammates and class mates, but most of all my family who did everything possible to support and guide me to this point.
Two years later I went on to win my second state tennis title during my senior year and I became highly recruited by several Division I programs. With the continued guidance and support of my parents and family, I made the conscious decision to attend Butler University. I had a great experience at the institution athletically and academically earning accolades on the court and in the classroom. I became a four-time conference player of the year (1998-2002), the university male athlete of the year (2002), conference newcomer of the year (1998-1999) and a four time Academic All-American during my tenure.
Immediately after graduating from Butler University, I decided to compete on the pro circuit where I competed in the RCA Championships and satellite tennis circuit prior to getting injured. Immediately after the injury I enrolled in Butler University’s M.S degree in school counseling/psychology. While working on my master’s in school counseling I became the head men’s tennis coach for IUPUI. Since then I’ve worked to coach IUPUI to a conference title and most recently named coach of the year in 2015 and 2016.
I’ve constantly pushed myself to set goals and work as hard as possible to attain those goals. Academics has been a foundation to my success and in May of 2016 I earned my Ph. D in Urban Education from IUPUI. It has been my life-long dream to provide a space committed towards the growth of tennis and community engagement. On March 23, 2016 I accomplished this goal by having an opportunity to take ownership of West Indy Racquet Club. It is my goal to use ownership of West Indy Racquet Club as a vehicle to empower the community through the sport of tennis. This has been a dream come true.