Adhering to his father’s wishes, a young and a very reluctant 13-year-old boy traded in his love for the three sports for a tennis racket and a can of tennis balls.
“Tennis is an individual sport where the only person you can depend on is yourself,” the elder Gary Gotkowski said.
Fortunately, after a few private lessons, Gary Gotkowski’s son began learning how to win on his own.
“Traveling to different tennis tournaments for the past five years has been a great experience for the both of us,” he said.
Gary Gotkowski’s comments occurred moments after watching his son sign a tennis scholarship with the Wofford College Terriers Wednesday inside the media center at Cartersville High School. A new set of teammates, friends and coaches, along with family members, were all on hand to witness the afternoon signing that culminated five years of dedication to the one sport.
“Along with Wofford, I also looked at Presbyterian, Furman and Samford,” said Trevor Gotkowski, who walked into the media center wearing a Wofford pullover. “Then it came down to Presbyterian and Wofford.”
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