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:




An Update to our Members


Welcome Back!


Why Practice Yoga?

When asked, “Why should one practice Yoga?”, my mind runs through all the amazing physical benefits of learning and working through different yoga poses, and how it keeps my arms and legs toned and helps strengthen my core, and how it relieves stress and mental anxiety.


Exercise and Immunity

If you’ve been following the news, you know the drill: wash your hands thoroughly, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, clean surfaces thoroughly, self-isolate if you think you’ve been in contact with an infected person. Until a vaccine is developed, these are the recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 


Kid-Focused Blog Healthy Bodies Include Healthy Minds: What Color Do You Feel Today?

Engaging our families during this time is a priority of Kroc Greenville. From Kroc Blogs to the Slow Down Showdown to Online Fitness Videos, we are working hard to maintain relationships and help you maintain active and healthy lifestyles. 


Breathing Techniques and Benefits

Breathing happens naturally on a regular basis. So why should you practice breathing exercises, better known as pranayama? Pranayama comes from the Sanskrit words “prana,” which means breath or life force and “ayama,” which means to extend or expand. When combined together, they mean extension of life force. 



For those of you who do not know, the Kroc has a commercial kitchen with a classically trained chef. Chef Geoff Schneider has run the Kroc Kitchen and Events Department since 2017.


UPDATE: Kroc Greenville Statement Regarding COVID-19

Dear Kroc Community,

Kroc Greenville will temporarily close to members and guests beginning Tuesday, March 17. Child Watch will close at 1 PM on Monday, March 16. Follow our Facebook page for updates on our future reopening.

Kroc Tennis Center will remain open for regular play, lessons, and clinics (with a maximum of four players per court). We are taking added precautions via sanitizing stations and by promoting limited person-to-person contact. (UPDATE as of 4/29: the Kroc Tennis Center will reopen. Read more here.)

The health and wellness of our community is our highest priority. The decision to temporarily close Kroc Greenville follows the recommendations provided by health officials regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Once we have a better understanding of how long Kroc Greenville will be closed for, we will be in touch with our members to give details on the amount and manner of adjustments. (UPDATE as of 3/26: the Kroc Center will remain closed. Read more about your membership options here.)

In the meantime, our team will work hard to ensure the Kroc Center is clean and ready for your return. Please continue to check back for information regarding a re-opening date. We will evaluate the situation as it evolves and keep you informed of our next steps.

Most importantly, stay well. Please follow recommendations provided by local, state and federal health officials here.


The Kroc Greenville Family