Student Channels Tennis Passion Into Business

Through his LACDC Youth Business Grant, Junseo Kim is ready to teach his knowledge of tennis to elementary and middle school students this summer. Courtesy photo


Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA)

If the doldrums of the dog days of summer have kids cloistered in their rooms complaining of nothing to do, then Junseo Kim can help you get them out of the house and onto the courts, the tennis courts.

Kim, a Los Alamos High School sophomore and member of multiple tennis teams is a new recipient of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Youth Business Grant. He has taken his passion for tennis and channeled it into a business teaching elementary and middle school students the skills of the game as a one on one coach to optimize time and talent for his pupils.

Kim, who began playing tennis as a sixth grade student, plays on a traveling team as well as a being a member of the Topper team. His free time also finds him playing the cello with the LAHS Orchestra and with the Boy Scouts.

The Youth Business Grant program is very thoughtful and understanding,” Kim said. “The Youth Business Grant program supports the founder of the business with a money grant to aid them in starting up and running the business over a long period of time.”

Kim said he appreciates the ability for young people to pursue their dreams and achieve new experiences while working on the goals they set before them. He was inspired to teach tennis as a member of his traveling varsity tennis team. When he realized the number of kids who aren’t introduced to tennis until middle school, an idea and a business plan was born.

“I wanted to change this by giving young players a chance to experience tennis, and if they enjoy it, to pursue their interests,” Kim said. “The kid factor is definitely the best part about my work. Kids always have a smile on their face when they learn something new, and watching their skills progress over time is a real delight.”

Kim can be reached at 505.412.7589 or

Those needing more information on youth businesses can contact the LACDC at 505.695.9139.