OWNER | CEO
AMY PAZAHANICK, PTR, PPR, PPTR
Amy is the CEO of Agape Tennis Academy, which currently manages public tennis centers in Fountain Valley, California, Oxnard, California, and Atlanta, Georgia. The organization provides programming to over 15,000 tennis and pickleball players annually. She currently manages a staff of over 90 tennis and pickleball coaches, administrative professionals, and business managers. Agape’s management style, processes, and systemized to approach allows the organization to continue to scale.
Amy is certified by the USTA in Sports Science and High-Performance Player Development. She is certified in Tennis by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), Pickleball by the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR), and platform tennis by the Professional Platform Tennis Registry (PPTR).
Amy is a coach, author, change expert and serial entrepreneur. Her personal and professional transformation systems show us how to infuse entrepreneurship with purpose, passion, and perseverance to create businesses that are bigger than the bottom line and positively impact communities.
Most recently in California, Agape and Amy were recognized by the United States Congress, the California Legislature Assembly, and the County of Orange as one of Fountain Valley’s finest leaders, in recognition of her small business’ contributions to the U.S. economy. Most recently in Georgia in 2020 and 2021, Agape Tennis Academy received the Best of Decatur Award. This award is given to local companies in different categories that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
In 2019, Amy was honored as the PTR Georgia Member of the Year and Tennis Media Group named Agape Tennis Academy Organization of the Year. Agape Tennis Academy was selected as the GPTA’s (Georgia Professional Tennis Association) Program of the Year in 2018. In 2017, Amy was voted Tennis Director of the Year and Agape Tennis Academy was named 10 and Under Program of the Year by the GPTA. In 2016, Agape Tennis Academy was voted Community Outreach Program of the Year by the GPTA.
Amy currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and in San Clemente, California with her two cats Zuki and Paix. She enjoys traveling, reading, business, living life to the fullest, all things outdoors, tennis, pickleball, golf, hiking, biking, surfing, and being in the ocean.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Annie Freeman brings an interesting decades-old mix of tennis experience and hospitality to her role as Chief Operating Officer for Agape Tennis Academy. She started playing tennis at the age of seven and has continued playing ever since. Annie was the captain of her Marist School team that won the National Championship for Tennis.
After studying engineering at Marquette University, for more than 25 years she combined her work as a popular sports bar employee with managing, merchandising and systems for Serious Tennis and Berkeley Hills Country Club. In addition to her challenging work with the expanding Agape Tennis Academy, Annie and her husband also help homeowners clear their houses of clutter and organize estate sales. They now live in Lilburn with their daughter, Maddux, and 2 fur babies, Shadow and Bowie.
CALIFORNIA BUSINESS MANAGER
Coach Maria started playing tennis at 8 years old. She was the State and Regional champion during her junior career. She played national tournaments and was one of the top ranked players in Mexico. She also played ITF and WTA tournaments before entering college. She earned a Division I scholarship to play for Coastal Carolina University where she earned numerous honors for tennis and academics.
She was named an ITA scholar athlete and played in the 2007 NCAA Championships.
Maria majored in Marketing and Management. After college she went back to Mexico and worked in logistics in the automotive industry. She loves sports in general but loves tennis, running, CrossFit and yoga. Tennis has always been a part of her life, be it playing, coaching and having fun on the court!
DIRECTOR OF BRANDING
Joa is a small town country girl with a big heart and dazzling southern Charm. She was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama and later moved to Atlanta once she graduated high school to work towards her dream of entrepreneurship. She loves to have fun and learn new things. She keeps busy with the likes of cooking, writing, business planning, and long walks in nature. Her most favorite activity being exploration of new lands.
Joa looks forward to continue to keep improving on the tennis court while working along side a great tennis academy. She hopes to travel the world spreading her branded message of Choosing your Joy over Anything! If you see Joa in the office, feel free to say hello!