Over the last 40 years, Julian has turned his passion of playing tennis into a successful business with a mission of helping kids learn, grow and succeed. The ability to create life-changing experiences and inspire the leaders of tomorrow is what has driven Julian from the very beginning, and continues to motivate JKCP today. On October 19, Julian was inducted into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame, an event that takes place every two years. The USTA Middle States Hall of Fame supports junior tennis programs and activities as well as furthering tennis education objectives in the Middle States. The purpose is to recognize individuals who have made significant achievements and contributions to the sport of tennis. Huffington Post wrote a great article acknowledging this years inductee's, which quoted Hall of Fame Chair Lance Lee saying, "This class has accomplished some truly amazing feats in our tennis community. All four of these individuals have made a substantial impact on our sport and on the USTA community as a whole. They're a truly deserving group."
Because of his enthusiasm, compassion, sense of community and social responsibility, Julian is the perfect candidate to be inducted into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame. Over the last 40 years, he has mentored over 500 tennis professionals and 105,000 students. It has always been important for Julian to listen to the ever-changing passions of today’s young people. What started as a tennis camp in his backyard has grown over the years into a place where kids and young adults can come to pursue their passions. Weather that is cooking, art, medicine, architecture, business, coding or golf, students from all over the world come together over the summer to sharpen their skills and create lifelong memories. While JKCP has expanded immensely throughout the years, the heart of this business remains to be tennis.
With the companies 40th birthday fast approaching, now has been the perfect time for Julian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It has given us a chance to reflect on where we started and how much Julian has accomplished to be where the company is today. It goes to show you that when you combine hard work with following your passion, the possibilities are endless.
Julian has significantly impacted the lives of so many people as you can see in CinemaCake's USTA tribute video, yet his number one priority has remained the same since day one: to know joy, to spread joy, and to treat his fellow man with the dignity, respect and loyalty of a teammate. This outlook will always be the way Julian treats each moment of life.