Sean Kite-Powell decided early on in high school that he wanted to be more than a typical athlete on Campbell’s tennis team.
In 2017, Kite-Powell was one of only three freshmen on the team. His passion for tennis had developed since playing with his father on the neighborhood courts, and he wanted to expand the participation levels for tennis at Campbell.
Kite-Powell and a couple of friends decided to vouch for tennis to people they thought would be interested, and the Spartans’ tennis program quickly grew.
“My freshman year, we barely had a JV team, and now it’s like a 50-person (boys and girls) team,” Kite-Powell said. “We had tryouts with around 30 boys and 40 girls. It’s now such a big sport, and I feel like I’ve definitely been a part of that, and I’ve helped, along with a couple of my teammates, recruit players and turn this into more of a sport at Campbell than it was.”
Kite-Powell began competing on the varsity team midway through his sophomore season, and the Spartans have finished second in Region 2AAAAAAA every year of his career.
During that sophomore season, Campbell made it to the second round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs. The following year, the Spartans won the Granger Invitational and Warrior Invitational before ultimately reaching the state quarterfinals.
“Winning two tournaments and then getting to the elite eight of the state tournament during my junior year was really, really special,” Kite-Powell said. “That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Unfortunately, Campbell did not get a chance to take the next step — the state semifinals or further — because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recognizing another opportunity to expand the tennis engagement in his area, Kite-Powell started volunteering to coach a middle school tennis camp. While it was merely a group made of younger players, nervousness came with the responsibility.
“Only a year or two before (the tennis camp), I was learning the same things that I was teaching,” Kite-Powell said, “so I had to try to remember how people taught me and what we do at practice. But the students were in middle school and they were eager to learn.”
Kite-Powell is planning to study computer science while attending the University of Georgia in the fall. He could see himself using that degree for a career in cybersecurity, but he is still keeping his options open.
Kite-Powell is not giving up on playing tennis competitively, however, as he plans on trying out for Georgia’s club team during his freshman year.