For Corey Farr, the tennis program at Fort Vancouver has been a building process.
“The year before I took over the boys team, I think they finished with just four players,” said Farr, who has been Fort’s boys tennis coach since 2015 and girls coach since 2018. “But we’ve been slowly moving up the standings. We went from last (in league) to second-to-last to third this past year. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for us, from going from just four kids, it’s a big step.”
The girls team has seen its number of participants nearly triple to 50, and Farr saw Fort’s robust summer practice schedule as a way to keep the Trappers’ momentum going to perhaps their best year in 2020-21.
But the pandemic put a halt to those plans, and Farr needed to find something else to promote summer engagement for his players.
So he turned to an idea his father followed with his friends several years ago.
“My dad and a big group of his friends decided they were going to do the 15/15 challenge where they were going to do 15,000 situps and 15,000 pushups,” Farr said. “I think they put in like $50 each, and the first one to complete the challenge got the money or something stupid like that. Then I was seeing people (on social media) doing the 100 pushups in 100 days challenge. Between that and remembering my dad doing it, that’s where I got the motivation to try it with our tennis players.”