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My main two highlights of the hiking trip were the vapor cave and the sweat lodge. The vapor cave was a unique experience that I will truly never forget because of the setting that we were in. I must admit, I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when we first went in there because I have never heard of such a thing before. When Andrew said I would sweat when we were finally settled in I thought oh, ok that's no big deal. I live in Vegas and play tennis for hours in 115 degree weather, I cant possibly sweat that bad! But, was I in for a real treat. When we stepped into the cave there was immediately a big pool of warm water about waist high. But a few steps later, we climbed over sandbags and it became a little stream trickling down your feet. About ten feet into the cave, I became consumed into complete darkness. It was so dark in fact, that I had to put a hand up on the ceiling and on the side of the wall because I had no idea of where we were going. Andrew kept saying to follow his voice and I was grateful when he finally set to sit down.



   
Things have been pretty busy for me, but I'm enjoying each activity I am doing. I spend my days very productively and manage to have a good time with friends and teammates while doing so. I never realized how much laundry a person has! I have so much laundry, its the only tedious task that I really have to tryyy to enjoy haha. ugh :/ Other than that, my teammates are doing well and we have all been very studious this season because of all the traveling and time away from class. This school is very academically rigorous, I've never been challenged so much academically in my life. However, I enjoy what I'm learning and try to avoid pressure from deadlines and just learn as much as I can.



   
Ryan ,
Thank you so much for last nights bowling. It was super fun and I appreciate everything you guys do for me. I will make sure and stay focused on doing what I need to do to be successful in life. I've learned so many key things that can help me in my life from all the helpful and inspiring words that you two have said to me. I have learned how important grades are for instance, like my GPA is super important and to study for the SAT. Another example, is not getting distracted and not believing the lies that my mind tells me about how something that is a distraction from school or tennis looks fun, when only it would just effect me in a negative way. I really want to be successful and go to the best college possible for me, and I want to thank Ryan and the Marty Henessey Foundation for inspiring me in so many ways.

-Nikki Newell


   
Dear family,

First I want to thank those family members who have made the "Wolfington Family East Coast Leadership Tour" possible the last 2 years. I work with at risk youth all the time, and in two weeks on this trip, they are transformed more by what the speakers say then all of my talks, training and mentoring the whole rest of the year.

The impact a trip like this has on children is life changing, something they never forget. It is yet another tool you have given me to inspire these children to reach for more, to become more in their life.

The Wolfington family's generosity gave them the chance to visit East coast historical sites, Universities, play tennis at different Country Clubs and attend a leadership breakfast daily. Among the leaders they got the chance to listen to and meet privately were President George Bush Sr., Senator John Ensign, Rick Santorum, (Thanks to Sean) Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Lamar Alexander and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,(Thanks to Uncle Vince)&nbsp ;just to name a few.



   
Dear Ryan ,

I'm sorry that it took so long to send this letter. The first time I sent it to the wrong address and when i resent it, somehow did not go through. Anyhow better late than never.
Thank you for inviting me to attend the Palm Springs trip. I truly appreciate the opportunity to get to know great leaders and hear their bildungsroman-like life stories, as well as begin to create my own personal journey.

During the past year I have undergone an immense change. I feel as if I am a completely different person. As I am sure you remember, during the 2009 trip, I was somewhat shallow and did not completely comprehend your ways. I now understand that that trip showcased my era of ?teenage rebellion? and immaturity. Although I still have my flaws, leadership opportunities offered to me within the past year, especially during the 2010 Palm Springs trip, have taught me to mature.
I remember that a year ago I repeatedly said that regrets are not regrets if something was learned. However, now I understand that it is okay, even mature, to feel regret because then one is aware that he/she was in the wrong. The difference between last year's firepit and this year's ?firepit,? is like night and day. Last year I felt guarded and insecure, while this year I learned to embrace my emotions and show my true personality.

Furthermore, when we were gathered in the conference room to list our strengths and weaknesses, I felt as if I knew myself better. I learned to channel my strengths to benefit me and minimize my weaknesses. For me, the highlight of the trip was when you told me that I was born with the special strength to lead. Although I know obstacles will come in my way and some will try to discourage me, I will definitely hone in on my strengths in order to become a better, more mature person.
Once again, thank you for allowing me to attend this trip.

Sincerely,
Erika Mauban


   
Dear donors and supporters,

Every now and then I see something that blows me away and I am led to try and show you what a major impact your support has on these children.

I could not even greet them, the emotion was too great. I cried to myself and enjoyed the incredible moment - Seeing all of the VT Marty Hennessy foundation alumni out on the tennis court, each in their full college uniforms, coming out to help the younger ones over their holiday break. Here they were passing on the tradition to the next generation of children. I did not even have to ask them to do it. They wanted to be leaders. It is now part of their tradition.



   
Dear Ryan,
Thank you so much for giving my sister and I the opportunity of going on the Lake Las Vegas trip. I appreciate it very much as well as all your other efforts put forth to tennis. This was one of the best experiences I have had and will never forget. Wednesday night when we went out on the strip, could have been one of the best nights of my life. I have learned so much from this trip, even more than I did at Palm Springs last year. I think looking back on the trip now, I can understand what you, our speakers, and alumni are trying to tell us.

I think that talking in the conference room about leadership and who we thought demonstrated being a leader has made the biggest impact on me. I noticed that many of the same people were being called and I decided that I wanted to be one of them when I get older. When Sophie said that she thought I was a leader, I didn't understand why other than the fact that she is my sister and I was being nice to her. I noticed that I wasn't being a good role model for Sophie and the younger kids at night academy: talking at practice, not taking practice and tournaments seriously, and never giving my 100%. I realized that I wanted to be that "John" and that "Will" not only to Sophie but other people at the academy.

Thank you so much for this memorable trip and experience for both my sister and I. Thank you for everything that you do for us, Lorenzi, and tennis. Every thing you do is deeply appreciated and useful for not only tennis but life itself. Thank you again.


Love,
Chloe Henderson


   
Hello Trenton,

We met last Friday on the court with Marty, Ryan (I believe that's his name) and my boss, Rowen.

Please let your boss know how grateful I am for him to spend a few minutes talking to me and giving me some great words of wisdom. Since then, I think about what he said and try to apply it to my everyday life as much as possible. I know it's only been a few days but meeting him has really made an impact on me. I even went out and bought a few books, including the Steve Jobs book. If you knew me personally, you would be amazed!

Also, Marty thinks I should play tennis more, I just might in the near future. I'll be in touch!

All my gratitude,

Monica


   
Dear friends and supporters at the Marty Hennessy Foundation,

I would be remiss if I did not once again express our sincere thanks and appreciation for our weekend of tennis in Vegas. You provided us all with tennis, entertainment, fun, friendship and inspiration. We are all so fortunate to be part of such a rewarding and enriching experience.

There were a lot of sad faces at the airport on Sunday as they had to leave Vegas and all it brought to us. We look forward to seeing you all in Vancouver very soon. Please know I will provide any assistance needed to ensure we can continue the exchange and continue to provide all of the kids with new opportunities and experiences. Willy will be in touch with dates of tournaments and events that may be appropriate for all.

In the meantime, please know the difference you have made in the lives of the Vancouver juniors.

My thanks and best,
Joanna Cross


   
Ryan & Hilliary,
Thank you so much for last nights bowling. It was super fun and I appreciate everything you guys do for me. I will make sure and stay focused on doing what I need to do to be successful in life. I've learned so many key things that can help me in my life from all the helpful and inspiring words that you two have said to me. I have learned how important grades are for instance, like my GPA is super important and to study for the SAT.

Another example, is not getting distracted and not believing the lies that my mind tells me about how something that is a distraction from school or tennis looks fun, when only it would just effect me in a negative way. I really want to be successful and go to the best college possible for me, and I want to thank Ryan, Hilliary, and the Marty Henessey Foundation for inspiring me in so many ways.

-Nikki Newell


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