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TOC Profile - Jordan Pease

TOC Profile: Jordan Pease

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Everyone has days when they feel like they're at a disadvantage going onto the court. Maybe they didn't get enough sleep, maybe they have a nagging injury, maybe they're stressed out about something going on in their life.

Nobody has an excuse like Jordan Pease has an excuse. What makes him different, though, is that he never uses it as an excuse.

Pease, currently a senior at Colorado School of Mines, lost his right hand as a 5-year-old playing with a hay grinder on the family farm. He was right-hand dominant at the time.

"So I taught myself to do everything left-handed," Pease says.

That includes tennis.

Colorado School of Mines

"It doesn't really hurt my game," he says. "You can't switch grips like everyone else, but you can still play."

Pease, who recently competed on the Ore Diggers' club team as part of the Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational, helped lead the A-team to a first-place win in the silver bracket.

He has been active in the school's club throughout his enrollment, and in his sophomore year, was club team president.

"I love tennis, and I've been playing since I was a little kid," he says. "I started playing seriously when I was about 10. think I played in about 600 junior tournaments."

He credits his father, a Division I player, with instilling the love of the game, as well as the attitude not to be defeated or deterred by his disability.

His most important inspiration in day to day life, he says, comes from the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

"My hand is something I can't change," he says with a shrug. "I know that."

He had already learned to print with his right hand at the time of the accident, but learned cursive with his left.

"I have girlie handwriting," he laughs. "I write cursive way, way better than I print."

His hometown is Bloomington, Minnesota, where his family lives. At School of Mines, he's majoring in environmental engineering, and plans to obtain a masters in mechanical or petroleum engineering.

And of course he'll keep on playing tennis.

To date, he hasn't run into another player with a similar disability, but has advice for anyone facing adversity from an injury or illness.

"Don't use it as an excuse. Keep your head up. Say the Serenity Prayer. Don't concentrate on the things you can't change. Just play tennis."

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