Recent Sacred Heart graduate Erin Keethler’s love of tennis is bound to last in her life.
“It’s life long. You can be 82 and still play it,” Keethler said.
Having played at Sacred Heart as #4 on varsity and #32 in doubles with teammate Chris Stratton, she’s gotten a good start. Some might say it’s in her blood.
“I actually took my grandpa out last summer and played with him. He played tennis in high school,” Keethler said.
“Papa Chuck,” as Erin refers to him, even made it to state in his day.
With her high school career behind her, Keethler plans to attend the University of Kansas in the fall, where she intends to major in Exercise Science.
She managed an impressive 4.14 GPA at Sacred Heart after her weighted classes are considered. She also scored a 24 on the ACT test.
When asked about the importance of academics, Keethler stated, “They obviously take you further in life. Sports are more of a recreational hobby. You definitely need an education to get somewhere,” Keethler said.
At KU she will follow in the footsteps of her father Kent, a KU alumni, as well as her brother Seth, who is a senior at the university this year. He is also a former Sacred Heart student.
Keethler says the highlight of her tennis career was, “Definitely getting Coach Thompson as a coach. She really knows her stuff. She’s so enthusiastic,” Keethler explained.
Going forward, Keethler hopes to use her love of sports and helping people to go into physical therapy.