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Testimonials

“Thanks for taking the time to bring tennis to Randolph again this year.  We greatly appreciate your time and all the effort.”

Participant

Randolph AFB, Oct 2017

“Great feedback and direction; really enjoyed it.”

Participant

Randolph AFB, October 2017

“My kids got a great first intro to tennis. They all had fun and are already asking for formal lessons. Thank you so much!”

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Fort Bragg, June 2017

“It was amazing! The staff were all very friendly. My kids had an amazing time. We would sign up every chance we get.”

Participant

Fort Bragg, June 2017

Awesome experience; an on-base activity for the entire family. Third year in a row for this activity; looking forward to next year.  Thanks FSS for organizing this every year!

Participant

MacDill AFB, March 2017

The volunteers were amazing. They were so patient with the kids and really helped them learn new skills in tennis and enjoy it.  Thank you!

Participant

MacDill AFB, March 2017

The instructors made it so fun especially since we had zero experience. They were so patient AND FUNNY!  We loved it!!

Participant

MacDill AFB, March 2017

Can we do it once a month?

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MacDill AFB, November 2016

I was so impressed by the coaches’ and volunteers’ positive feedback and patience. They were just as great with the kids as they were with the adults. They knew how to work with every skill level.

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West Point, August 2016

Than you so much for bringing Boots on the Court to West Point. What a neat experience. Please come back!!

Participant

West Point, August 2016

My husband is currently deployed, so to see my children smiling, excited and jumping up and down was touching! THANK YOU!! You have no idea the joy you brought to us today.

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West Point, August 2016

We had a blast again this year. We are overwhelmed by your generosity in organizing and hosting these tennis events. Your interaction with all the kids is amazing. In the three years that my son has attended, we have never seen anyone leave without a big smile. Thank you.

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Joint Base Andrews, 2016

The coaches and staff were amazing. They not only took their time, but also had the heart to actually talk to the kids on their level. Thank you so much for what you do.

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Camp Lejeune, 2016

Thank you for offering these clinics! We have wished for tennis clinics on base!

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Camp Lejeune, 2016

My son is four; there aren’t a lot of activities for his age group. He seemed to enjoy this. Very well organized.

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Camp Lejeune, 2016

All of the coaches brought so much enthusiasm to the clinics. They seemed to enjoy being here which made it fun for the participants and observers. Thank you for having us!

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Fort Benning, March 2016

This was an awesome experience for my three girls. They enjoyed every minute. Thank you guys so much!

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Fort Benning, March 2016

This was my second time participating, and I will participate every chance I get! Thank you!

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MacDill AFB, December 2015

This is the second time I’ve attended this clinic, and I enjoyed it just as much.  I appreciate the coaches and their time and experience so much.  What a wonderful thing this clinic is doing for the military.  Thanks you so much!!

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MacDill AFB, December 2015

I loved it, my wife loved it and my son loved it.  I just wish we could do it at least two times a year.  Great motivation for wounded warriors.  Thanks.

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Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph Air Force Base, 2015

We attended last year and couldn’t wait to see the flyer appear again at the Fitness Center.  The folks that run this are amazing, fun people.  Thanks so much; you are appreciated!!

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Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph Air Force Base, 2015

Great way to watch the kids have fun and learn.

 

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Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph Air Force Base, 2015

Thank you!  Please come back next year.

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Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph Air Force Base, 2015

My children loved it.

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Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph Air Force Base, 2015

We love having the event and seeing all the pros!

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Joint Base Andrews, 2015

The coaches were very patient.  Love this!

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Joint Base Andrews, 2015

My four-year-old daughter smiled the entire time.  I play tennis and have taken her out to play, but she lasts about five minutes.  She LOVED this entire clinic and the organization and enthusiasm of the instructors made all the difference.  What an event!  Dick was cracking all the parents up.  So fun.  THANK YOU!!!

Participant

Joint Base Andrews, 2015

We loved this clinic.  It provided an introduction to tennis to which my child has never been exposed before.  It gave us the opportunity to see if this sport is something she would like doing.  She has never done any workshop that involved a ball before.  Sad, but true.  I love that I can see how well she cooperates with other team members as well as the coaches.  Sportsmanship, love of sports and future aspirations are all a parent can hope for.  Thank you very much.

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Fort Bragg, 2015

Amazing!  Thank you so much!  We have come two years now and our experience has been amazing!  We appreciate your time and all the things you teach us during your time here.

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Fort Jackson, 2015

Thanks so much to Mr. Stockton, Colonel Houston and all the pros who helped! They were wonderful, positive and instructive.  Kids and adults both had a great time.

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Fort Jackson, 2015

This was one of the best events I’ve attended in years.  Everyone involved was friendly, knowledgeable and so fun.  What a great event!  Thank you to everyone for the time and experience.

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MacDill Air Force Base, 2015

Do it again!  Thank you!!

T3 Participant

MacDill Air Force Base, 2015

It was wonderful!  Please come again!

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MacDill Air Force Base, 2015

This was a great activity for the kids!

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MacDill Air Force Base, 2015

I really enjoyed watching my 4 year old interact with the coaches.  The coaches         were very good with the kids.  I would love to bring him back again.

T3 Participant

Jacksonville, FL, 2015

This is a great clinic with great people, especially when spouses are deployed.

T3 Participant

Jacksonville, FL, 2015

I enjoyed this event very much.  The coaches were very polite and professional. felt welcomed and appreciated from the moment I walked through the front door until the moment I left.  Mr. Stockton even followed-up with me after the clinic and sent my girlfriend and me racquets to continue playing the sport.  I truly feel loved by the Blue Sky Foundation and Mr. Dick Stockton.  I would recommend this clinic to all veterans!”

Wounded Warrior Participant

Jacksonville, Florida Clinic for Wounded Warriors, 2015

Great tips- loved it!!!  Great program…all participants were enthusiastic and motivated thanks to the coaches.  They were all clearly competent and inspirational.  It’s evident that they all really enjoy tennis and that feeds off on to others.  Can’t thank you enough Mr. Stockton and crew!!!

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Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, 2014

I can’t help but say again what a pleasure it was to meet and work with you all at Randolph AFB.  Your warmth and kindness showed in everything you both did, and I speak again for the troops that they thoroughly enjoyed their time that day on the courts.

Alan Waterman

Center Operations Supervisor, USO San Antonio, Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, 2014

I love tennis, so I’m biased toward anything tennis-related.  That said, I found the instruction and activities very innovative and clever.  The instructors’ energy was contagious.  My daughter was very shy to start, but she quickly warmed up to the activity, and she is excited to get back out on the court.

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Joint Base Andrews, 2014

Second year attending.  Outstanding opportunity and service.  Keep up the good work.

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Joint Base Andrews, 2014

The clinic helped me improve my backhand swing.

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Joint Base Andrews, 2014

The event was well organized.  The volunteers were all very friendly and warm.  The pros seemed to really enjoy what they were doing.  Thank you for all the effort to make this happen.

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Fort Bragg, 2014

Wonderful program! Thank you for doing this.  My kids had a blast, and I loved being able to expose them to tennis a little without a huge commitment of time/money.

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Fort Bragg, 2014

This is a wonderful experience.  I am grateful for having this clinic to expose my kids to the sport.  The event was very well organized.  I hope you continue to come to Fort Bragg so that others can enjoy the clinic, too.

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Fort Bragg, 2014

Awesome experience!  The instructors were so patient and knowledgeable.  Thank you so much.”

 

Participant

Fort Jackson, 2014

Amazing! All the coaches were so friendly, knowledgeable and talented!  Thank you so much for the amazing experience!  Please do this again!

 

Participant

Fort Jackson, 2014

Excellent instruction and wonderful community event. FUN!!  So appreciate the efforts of Blue Sky Foundation.  Love the attitude and energy of the whole staff.

 

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Fort Jackson, 2014

Huge thank you for doing this!  Events like this supporting military families make a big difference in our lives.”

 

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Fort Jackson, 2014

Great organization at registration; fantastic age appropriate instruction; great connect with the children; would love to see you return next year!

 

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Fort Jackson, 2014

My wife said that this is what makes being in the Army and living on-post the best.  Thank you so much for coming out and providing this event for us.  I truly believe this was the best event so far I have been to on Ft. Jackson.

 

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Fort Jackson, 2014

The T3 event was one of the most enjoyable days my wife and I have had at Fort Jackson over the past two years. The team from T3 was professional, talented, entertaining, informative and simply amazing. I have never stood that close to a Wimbledon Champion in my life or been instructed by such incredible athletes. The clinics were fun, exciting and extremely rewarding. The weather was incredible, and the setting was absolutely perfect. It was incredible to see such talented and caring athletes take the time to take care of soldiers and their families. We may not have produced any future USTA champions, but we could have, or at least planted some seeds for a lifetime of enjoyment and fun in tennis. Thank you to the professionals of T3, and thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Dick Stockton. What an amazing couple and a world-class program. We can’t wait to do it again!!

Colonel Mark Bieger

Commander, 171st Infantry Brigade , Fort Jackson, 2014

Dick Stockton’s Thanking our Troops through Tennis was definitely the best event that has come to Fort Jackson in the two years we have been stationed here.  The clinics included ALL levels of play and ALL ages which is hard to do with any type of event, but T3 managed to include everyone with ease.  The staff was amazing and particularly patient with the youngest players; they actually looked like they were having as much fun as we were!  My husband and I were thrilled with the level of excitement that Dick and his staff brought to Fort Jackson, and we are hopeful that they will return!  Thanks so much to Dick, Liz and their team for supporting our Fort Jackson troops and families!!

 

Amy Bieger

Spouse o fColonel Mark Bieger’s, Commander, 171st Infantry Brigade , Fort Jackson, 2014

I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a Thanking our Troops through Tennis (T3) event at Fort Jackson on Armed Forces Day, May 17, 2014.  It was an outstanding effort by a group of outstanding professionals who made the day a tremendous success, both on and off the courts.  The reverberation of the event still echoes across the tennis center at Fort Jackson as the rallying cry is, ‘will there be another such event?’  The Fort Jackson community thanks Dick and Liz Stockton and their volunteers for their extreme efforts.  We appreciate the time and effort it takes to put on such a wonderful event.  As you reach out to our warriors and their families to offer a gesture of gratitude to the multiple families and soldiers who serve this great nation, we salute you!!”

 

Colonel Jamie Houston

Fort Jackson DENTAC Commander, Fort Jackson, 2014

Just wanted to thank you for hooking us up with Dick Stockton and his team for the T3 event! It was a great way to open our new tennis courts and a real treat for all of us to meet these tennis pros. Thanks again for thinking of us and sending us this great program!

Colonel Lisa Hansen

Commander, 96th Mission Support Group, Eglin Air Force Base, 2014

Great event for all levels.

Participant

Eglin Air Force Base, 2014

Thank you so much. Excellent help for my son.

Participant

Eglin Air Force Base, 2014

The Thanking our Troops through Tennis (T3) event held at Joint Base Andrews in early Oct 13 was a phenomenal success! We had over 120 participants in every age category and level of playing ability. It was especially gratifying to see so many youth participating in the sport, many for the first time. The T3 professionals and their support staff were fantastic to work with and brought both a teaching atmosphere as well as excitement and energy to the event that you might expect from a group of world-class athletes and professional tennis hall of fame inductees, but they upped their game even more and brought this event to unimaginable levels. Everyone enjoyed this super event from the youngest youth and their families to our senior leaders and retirees. We can’t say enough about the selfless attitude, kind heart and giving spirit of T3 pros that made this event a huge hit…it was just plain fun and we most definitely look forward to our next event…hopefully very soon! For installations out there fortunate enough to be offered this opportunity, jump all over it and be ready for some incredible fun.

Colonel Dean Hartman

Commander, 11th Mission Support , Joint Base Anderws, 2013

Lots of time invested in us players; thank you. I’m deployed here, and this was great.

Participant

Joint Base Andrews, 2013

Outstanding event!! My kids loved the experience, and I will spread the word the next time you guys come around. Thank you!

Participant

Joint Base Andrews, 2013

All of the coaches were so nice and helpful. Very encouraging. FANTASTIC EVENT!

Participant

Joint Base Andrews, 2013

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for bringing your “Thanking our Troops through Tennis (T3)” event to our Fort Bragg community/service members/families.  We are so appreciative!!!  The event was FANTASTIC!  I was in awe just like everyone else who was participating or watching from the sidelines.  So many smiles and so much fun!!!  WOW!!!!  Looking forward to T3 coming back to Fort Bragg in the near future.

Jackie Thomas

Public Affairs Specialist, Fort Bragg, 2013

My mom has always played [tennis], and I never thought it could be so much fun. I really want to take lessons now and get my friends to play too.

Kristin, a third grader

Fort Bragg, 2013

Really enjoyable experience!  The pros were patient and encouraging.  Made tennis seem easy!

Participant

Fort Bragg, 2013