Getting Down to Business: Tennis Center of Camden
Sitting down with Paola Maoli, director of tennis for the City of Camden
What is the mission of your program?
First of all, catering to the Camden community, which has long been recognized as an avid tennis community. And secondly, to leverage that reputation with a state-of-the-art facility that will not only serve the residents, but also attract day visitors and overnighters to Camden — and continue to grow the tourism sector of our economy.
What differentiates your program from other specialists in the field?
The Tennis Center of Camden is located in Downtown Camden within easy walking distance to all the eateries, shops, and many of the historic sites this wonderful city has to offer. This is quite different, as many other centers are in remote locations outside of town. Camden’s tennis center features 16 lighted tennis courts with blended lines for junior play and 12 lighted pickleball courts — the most in South Carolina. These features are just a few of the amenities we offer that make for an exceptional facility.
What do you like best about your line of work?
The constant contact with people. The City of Camden is welcoming and supportive of every growth initiative that will improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors. For me, it’s a great way to be a part of this community and to promote the classic sports and outdoor recreational lifestyle for which this city is noted.
What inspires you daily?
The opportunity to provide the hospitality that makes Camden so special and to further share the spirit of vitality so prevalent here.
How has your life experience made you successful in your field today?
My interest in tennis developed when I was 6 years old and living in Rome, Italy, where I was born. During my middle school years my interest became a passion, and when I moved to the United States, my passion became my every day life and later my career.
How does the Midlands community benefit from your program?
By creating a connection through tennis throughout the Midlands and providing an exceptional facility for the entire community. Tennis is the so-called “sport of a lifetime,” and it is probably the most “social” besides the upcoming successful pickleball.