For over 40 years the late Pete Brown displayed a loyal commitment to the children living around the Harvard Tennis Park community. This dedication to enrich children’s lives continues today through the PBJTP as we understand the importance in helping children blossom to their full potential. Our coaches and supporters are available day-in and day-out to pledge their responsibility and commitment to the children of our community.
Mr. Ulysses “Pete” Brown was born in Blyth California in 1948. After living in Riverside for a short time, Mr. Brown and his family moved to Lake Elsinore where he attended high school participating in a variety of sports earning eight varsity letters including the prestigious “Outstanding Athlete of The Year” award in his senior year. After high school Mr. Brown was drafted into the US Military serving as an artillery officer in Germany. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Brown completed his education at Los Angeles State College to become a teacher at Fremont High School starting in 1960. During his eleven year tenure he coached the Tennis, Basketball and Cross Country Track teams. In 1971, the Fremont tennis team won the Southern League Title and their basketball team recorded a perfect 14-0 season record – all under Coach Pete Brown’s successful leadership.
Later after leaving Fremont High School, Mr. Brown accepted a teaching position at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where for over twenty years he was both the tennis and wrestling coach. In 1977, his LATTC tennis team won the conference title – the school’s first for any sport in its history. After retiring in 1991, Mr. Brown continued to coach the LATTC tennis team but his real focus was on exposing, sharing and teaching the game of tennis to children – in particular to children of the inner city of Los Angeles. He worked tirelessly with junior tennis programs in the area taking care of the players making sure they had equipment, training, a way to get to tournaments and whatever else they needed to perform and excel at the game of tennis. This commitment is what laid the foundation to what the Peter Brown Junior Tennis Program is all about today. Mr. Brown passed away in 2009 and is survived by his wife Theresa of fifty five years and their two daughters Terry Lynn and Vanessa Ann who continue to generously support the program their father helped create.
During his career as an educator and coach Mr. Brown was recognized with many prestigious awards including the following: Martin Luther King Community Service Award; the USTA / USPTA Community Service Award; CA Community College Tennis Coach of the Year; Outstanding Teacher of the Year; Congressional Tribute and Award for Lifetime Achievement of Community Service; Southern CA Tennis Association Lifetime Achievement Award; CA Community College Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee; Southern League Connection Honoree – Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition Mr. Brown was a member of the USTA, USPTA, US Professional Tennis Registry, a USRSA Certified Stringer, on the SCTA Board of Directors, SCTA Junior Tennis Council and SCTA Sportsmanship & Grievance Committee.