Tennis great Zina Garrison celebrates milestones

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HOUSTON, TX – Turning 50 can be traumatic. Not so for Houston’s queen of tennis, Zina Garrison, who celebrated her birthday with another milestone.

“I am so excited tonight we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary, over 25,000 kids have come through our program and it’s just a wonder full event, and I’m also celebrating my 50th birthday, but that’s just a little part of it,” says Garrison

It wouldn’t be a Zina Garrison party without some athletic royalty in the house.

“It was an era that we had with Zina, and the excitement she brought to Houston back when I lived here, we all lived here,” says Carl Lewis. “It’s really exciting to be here and I’m glad getting back as a Houstonian again and be part of a great night like tonight.”

“What she’s doing with the academy is just wonderful, and then to be around oh, such amazing people, Billie Jean King, Carl Lewis, Pam Shriver, I mean the list just goes on and on and on Lori, Reuban, oh my gosh,” says Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Mingling with the past greats, a look to the future of tennis, Andrew Jenkins, tennis coach at the Garrison Tennis Academy, says, “I’m very blessed to be part of this organization, I grew up and started when I was 12-years-old and now I’m a coach at age 25 working with John Wilkerson and Lori McNeil and it’s definitely a pleasure.”

A true blast from the past, some of the world’s most amazing athletes back in H-Town for the night, all thanks to the one and only Zina Garrison.