Sound Mind, Sound Body: The Mental Benefits of Tennis

By Keegan Barkley | March 19, 2021


I think we would all agree that playing tennis has physical benefits. We should also stop to think about the mental benefits we are deriving from the sport as well!

When compared to athletes who participate in other sports, and non-athletes, people who play tennis tend to rank higher in categories such as self-esteem and optimism. They also have been proven to show lower levels of depression, anxiety and even anger.


Playing tennis regularly helps the brain release serotonin and endorphins. Higher levels of these two neurotransmitters have been shown to decrease stress, anxiety and depression, while positively influencing someone’s mood and sleep.


Consistent exercise, like tennis, boosts your self-confidence and body image. The physically demanding sport involves movements that will help build muscle, burn calories, and even improve posture. Walking a little taller, and being more confident are a few of the psychological benefits from the “tennis side-effects.”

Tennis is a complex sport. It requires quick decision making, critical thinking, and coordination. The more a tennis player practices the previous listed skills, the better tennis player they will become. I believe we all can agree critical thinking and decision making are beneficial qualities for any task we need to tackle in life!


The last year has been a trying time filled with stress and worries about the future. My hope is that activities like tennis continue to be a staple in people’s lives to improve mental health and well-being.

Spring is Time to Start Again! Hear from our Kroc Church

By Captain Sarah Quinn | March 17, 2021

Many of us see January as our opportunity for a new start, a blank slate allowing us to write the year however we want it to be written.  We set goals to get fit, to eat healthier, to take control of our finances, to learn a new language – really, any goal that helps us to feel more empowered and well-rounded as individuals.  We look forward to starting fresh, and a new year seems to be the perfect time to do so.

In many ways, spring is a fresh start as well.  The temperatures become warmer, flowers start to bloom, baby animals are born, and generally there is a sense of renewal and rebirth.  It seems to be especially true this year.  It’s almost like we are awakening from a 12-month hibernation of sorts.  And the time has come to return and reconnect.

This spring marks a season of return and reconnection for Kroc Church, as we kick off our new schedule – filled with opportunities for the whole family to reconnect in person with community, fellowship, and a faith community.  Easter has always been a time of celebrating new life and renewal, and for Kroc Church, this year’s Easter celebration is particularly special.  Whether you are a regular Kroc Church attendee, have another home church, or are not actively attending church, we invite you to celebrate Easter with us this year!

  Captain Sarah Quinn (Left) & Captain Jason Quinn (Right)  

Gethsemane Watch (Thursday, April 1, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm) – This self-guided experience will be hosted in the Kroc chapel.  Using the provided prayer book, experience and reflect upon Jesus’ time of prayer in Gethsemane before His arrest and crucifixion.

Easter Jam (Saturday, April 3, 2:00 pm) – This family worship experience is packed with music, games, and a unique presentation of the Easter story.  It is perfect for families of all ages.  This is a free event with an egg hunt to follow.  Sign up in advance to reserve your spot. To signup for Easter Jam, visit our webpage:

Easter Sunday Worship (Sunday, April 4) – Join us for a full schedule of worship opportunities on Easter Sunday.

9:30 am – Pastries and Praise – A time of praise and fellowship over danishes and donuts.

10:30 am – Worship Service – Join us for a traditional time of worship as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus

11:30 am – Light lunch and fellowship – Light lunch options will be offered, or you can bring your lunch with you

12:15 pm – Sunday School classes and adult small groups – We have something for the whole family!

Lastly, Kroc Church is excited to announce our spring fundraiser – Egg My Yard! Egg My Yard is an opportunity to have Kroc Church team members hide candy-filled Easter eggs in your yard to surprise your kids for Easter. The purchaser will choose one of the dates available, and Kroc Church team members will come by between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on the specified day to hide eggs in the front yard. Visit our website to learn more and register: