Directors Profiles

Isaac Donkor

 

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Founder and CEO of Donkor Foundation, growing up in Ghana and taking up tennis at the age of 9. I was selected for the National team under 16 and 18, representing Ghana in ITF tournaments across Africa and through this gained a full tennis scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute, junior college.

Finished as the  no1 junior college player in the Country and was the first player to represent them in a National Championship. In 1993 I was selected as part of the Rolex All Star team.

I then transferred to University of New Mexico as #26 in the NCAA rankings. Joining the already 3 times WAC champions , I helped the team succeed in becoming 5 in a row WAC champions. I graduated in May 1996 with a bachelors degree in University studies, with 3 concentrations; Physical Education, Sociology and Sports Management.

It was during this time I began my Davis cup career as no 2 singles and doubles player. During which Ghana finished in its highest position in its history and also played Great Britain at our home stadium. 

For four years I played professional tennis travelling to Africa, Ireland and the USA.  Playing the Legg Mason classic qualifiers was a highlight of my career. 

I then began coaching at the Washington Tennis Foundation, where I was responsible for the day to day running of the programme, fitness training, implementing summer camps, match practice and physical strength training.  Working at the Foundation taught me a great deal about how Foundations work and their importance. The success of the Washington Foundation inspired me to one day do something similar for  African Children.

In 2000 I obtained my Tennis Ireland coaches certification and then began employment with David LLoyd rackets and fitness club in Belfast.Coaching adults and children individually and in groups, aswell as facilitating tournaments and events within the club. I also had the opportunity to work with the LTA , Tennis Ireland and the long distance learning  team at the Bollettieri Academy. My biggest achievement at the DL tennis facility was taking 8 children from the age of 6 and coaching them to a standard that included three national players and 5 county players, by the age of 10.

I am currently a PTR certified pro, with over 25 years coaching experience.

The Directors consist of a group of individuals dedicated to making this project happen. All have an in-depth knowledge of tennis and business skills to bring this foundation forward.

Ivy Caravati

 

Ivy Wilroy Caravati grew up in Memphis, Tennesee and now lives in Richmond, VA.  She has always had a love for the game of tennis–whether watching pros duel it out at the ATP matches in Memphis or working on her own game.  She has her BA in English from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Teaching (specializing in Secondary English) from the Curry School of Education at UVA.  She has taught students in grades 9-12 in the Virginia public school system and at the Country Day School, in Escazu, Costa Rica.  In addition, she was a certified travel agent with Travel Agents International in Richmond, VA for seven years.  Presently, Ivy focuses on her own three children, and tries to fit in as much tennis and traveling as possible.

Regarding community involvement in Richmond, VA, she has served on the board of St. Joseph Villa (provides services for troubled youth, homeless women and children, and physically handicapped adults) for over ten years, on the board of  Carver Promise (a mentoring program connecting an elementary school and area colleges and universities) for fifteen, and just finished a five-year term with Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital.  She hopes her experiences with these organizations will help her contribute effectively to the Donkor Foundation.  She has gotten to know Isaac (and his family) on and off the court,  and she hopes that through the Donkor Foundation, the impact that tennis has had on Isaac’s life will come to life for many other children in Ghana.

Michelle Donkor-Treasurer

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Michelle Donkor has been involved with the Donkor Foundation from day one, helping to establish the charities’ 501c3 status.

Seeing her husband, Isaac, up at 2 in the morning jotting down ideas about the foundation before it had even begun, and the dedication and enthusiasm Isaac had for this project, gave Michelle the idea this was something to get on board with. Michelle has a keen interest in tennis having played since the age of four, representing her county and country as a junior.  She qualified as an Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) part 2 coach in 1998 and has been an active coach since then.  In addition to coaching, Michelle also helped facilitate a Community Tennis Program, an initiative set up by the Lawn Tennis Association in England, which offered subsidized tennis lessons and fun days for children of all ages and abilities in the local area.

After moving to Northern Ireland in 2000 Michelle opened her own pro shop, along with her husband Isaac, and was responsible for managing the day to day activities of the pro shop, including accounts and marketing.  During that time Michelle sponsored a group of promising young tennis players, providing them with equipment and clothing.

Michelle has a passion for helping children and will be directly involved in all aspects of the Donkor Foundation.  Currently, Michelle is the Treasurer of Donkor Tennis and Education Foundation.

Scott Treibly

Scott Treibly has been a head coach and college placement director at Bollettieri Tennis Academy since 2002.

His talents have taken him around the world promoting tennis and education.  During this time he has worked with rising tennis stars from over 80 countries.  Over the years he has been involved with charity work including Sister Cities, the Nick Bollettieri Foundation and New Gate School.  In 2001 he received his Masters Degree in business from Texas A&M University.

Scott shares the Donkor Foundation vision to develop children of all ages athletically and academically.  In 2003, Scott and Isaac Donkor performed a clinic in Accra, Ghana which was the inspiration for the Donkor Foundation.

Rishan Karrupu- New YorK  Head pro at Proform Tennis academy.

Charl Wolmarans
Full time tennis coach , Charl was born and raised in South Africa.
Bere White
College graduate at Northwestern university. Lives and works in NYC. Loves how we give back to needy kids through sports.
 Jennifer Ford
Jennifer is a fully liscenced Chiropractor.
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Peter Mayer
Peter grew up in Northern California and has been around tennis his entire life.  Peter’s father, Sandy Mayer, was a top ten singles and doubles player and a two time grand slam champion.  Peter’s uncle, Gene Mayer, was also top ten in singles and doubles and a grand slam winner.  As a player, Peter competed on the junior, collegiate, and professional level.  After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in business economics, he worked in finance for several years.  Peter left the corporate world to pursue professional tennis aspirations, and this turned into a successful coaching career.  Peter has worked with juniors, adults, college players, and future pros at some of the most well respected clubs in Silicon Valley.   Tennis has been such a fantastic addition to Peters life, he has transitioned to work in the non profit field, and this move is what brought him to the Donkor Foundation.  Peter is impressed with and inspired by Isaacs passion and selflessness.  Through his startup, mayertennis, Peter will be doing fundraising and promotions for the Donkor Foundation in the Unites States.  Mayertennis is on the cutting edge of entrepreneurship in the tennis and non profit sectors, and it has made great inroads into making tennis accessible to all on a global level!
Jack Jones 
  Jack is a Stanford student, author of “chizis tale” and  future leader, who loves how the foundation gives back to African children. He is passionate about charities and he,ping those less fortunate. He is a keen tennis player and fitness enthusiast.