Michael Filipek – Founder
Michael is the founder of Beyond Camps. He was a multi-sport athlete born and raised in central Connecticut and was twice the #1 junior tennis player in New England. He was nationally ranked player and received a scholarship to attend Indiana University. He captained the team at Indiana and graduated in 1997. He subsequently gained professional tour experience in both the United States and Europe.
As a coach Michael is a USPTA and USPTR Certified Professional and has over 20 years of full time teaching experience. He is Head Professional and Junior Programs Director for Tennis in Manhattan which operates 3 facilities in Manhattan and he presides over the largest junior tennis program in NYC. Michael also serves as Manager at Sutton East Tennis Club; also in Manhattan.
Michael brings his passion and lifetime experience to Beyond Camps. Michael is excited to announce Paula Zabala as on site director for the 2021 camps. Paula has worked alongside Michael for many years and is a fantastic person, coach, player and educator. For more details on Paula see our Staff page.
We operate our camps based on the following principles:
- Personal growth is achieved through sports
- Quality over quantity
- Balance of on court (on field) and off court (off field) training
- Visual learning is most effective
- Sports are a microcosm of life
- Positive reinforcement + enthusiasm = inspiration
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