In the late 70s and early 80s, Debbie Mink played tennis in a league several nights a week. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Debbie taught Title I reading, kindergarten, and fourth grade in the Penncrest School District for 25 years, while also raising her children and actively playing tennis.
During those years, Debbie’s husband Keith was fighting a losing battle against an eye disease that would one day take his sight. “There was always that dark cloud over our heads,” Debbie shared. When their children were 11 and 9 years old, the Minks bought a camper and started traveling as a family. “We wanted Keith to see the country and the world, so it was then that I stopped playing tennis every summer.” The family travelled the United States and Germany. After the children were grown, Debbie and Keith went on to travel China, Italy, Peru, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Switzerland, Austria and Croatia.
In their Villa together in Providence Park, Debbie and Keith have found a welcoming community as well as inspiration for Debbie to return to one of her life’s earliest loves. “In 2013, we moved to Willow Valley Communities, and I found my love of tennis again.”
Within the heart of a true athlete, the passion for sport only grows over time.
Perhaps nothing proves this better than the National Senior Games which was held in Minneapolis last year. The Games, a 19-sport, biannual competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. Debbie Mink competed in Singles Tennis and Singles Table Tennis. Willow Valley Communities is an excellent choice for the serious athlete, with world-class fitness and aquatics centers and exceptional fitness team members on hand to support whatever an individual’s personal goals may be. Willow Valley’s team of 15 athletes joined over 12,000 others from all over the country to compete. Escorted by members of our Wellness Team, Pam Schorr and Karen Nye, Willow Valley resident athletes were awarded a total of 7 medals and 12 ribbons. Congratulations to all!