Sportsmens Members in the News

We are thankful for and proud of the diverse group of members that make Sportsmen’s such a special community.  We hope you’ll join with us in celebrating their accomplishments and recognizing our collective impact on the world today and for generations to come.



Bob Freeman

My name is Bob Freeman, and I’ve been honored to be a member of Sportsmen’s for…decades! I play mostly under contract time, and sometimes during breakfast club. If you haven’t seen me on the courts, perhaps you’ve bid on or seen some of my artwork at any one of the Sportsmen’s Galas. I’m now honored to share this additional element of my work with all of you, and I hope you enjoy it!

Opening  March 2, 2018 at the Adelson Galleries Boston!

is a joint exhibition featuring new paintings by Robert Freeman and photographs by Max Stern and will be exhibited first at Adelson Galleries Boston (520 Harrison Ave.) from March 2 – April 29, 2018. From May 6 – July 15, 2018 the entire exhibition will be on view at The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) in Roxbury.

Left to right: Robert Freeman: Red Dresses 2018; NOLA Indians 2018; Max Stern: Man with Beaded Suit


Tom Shapiro
Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director,
Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Hi, I’m Tom Shapiro, a member of Sportsmen’s and player on a number of our USTA and CMITA teams. When not working on my volleys, I teach at Brandeis University where I also direct the Institute on Assets and Social Policy. I’ve missed court time since March when my book Toxic Inequality was launched. The focus is on racial injustice and economic inequality forged by history and preserved by policy. Presenting the book from Appalachia to London, I’ve been very fortunate to bring Toxic Inequality to the public square as part of a movement to bend the arc to justice. Sportsmen’s is family and I try to be an ambassador of our shared, inclusive culture as a better path for our nation.

Learn more about Toxic Inequality.
Read The Atlantic interview.
View Presentation at London School of Economics.



Pam Waterman

I’m Pam Waterman. In 1999, I moved to Boston from my native New York to begin work as a Project Director at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I began searching for a tennis home soon after I moved here, and finally found my way to Sportsmen’s in 2000. JOY! I’ve been a member of the Sportsmen’s CMITA Women’s B team, and then A1 team, since I first joined the club, was a member of the USTA summer team for several years, and have been a member of contract time doubles on Sundays since 2004.

In addition to my work at Harvard, where my research focuses on socioeconomic disparities in health, I recently took on a new position as the Book Award Administrator for The MAAH (Museum of African American History) Stone Book Award. This award will honor the author of an exceptional non-fiction work published between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 that focuses on African American history or culture with a cash prize of $25,000. We will be opening up for submissions in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Museum home page for details about the eligibility criteria and the submission process.

Although both of my jobs keep me very busy, nothing comes between me and tennis. See you on the courts!


Photo by Eric Levin

Tracy Heather Strain

I’m Tracy Heather Strain, and I started playing tennis as an adult and joined Sportsmen’s in 2014. As some of you know, I haven’t been able to focus on tennis as much as I’ve wanted over the past year or more. That’s because when I’m not at the Club or teaching documentary production at Northeastern University, I’ve been producing with my partner/husband—and a great team of collaborators—the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the artist/activist best known for writing the American classic “A Raisin in the Sun.” After 14 years of work, the film I directed, produced and wrote premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival September 8, 2017. On Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9pm it makes its television debut launching the 32nd season of the PBS biography series AMERICAN MASTERS as “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.” Those of you in Boston can see this two-hour journey about Hansberry’s life, art and times at 9pm on WGBH/2. The rest should check local listings for date, time and channel. Please tune-in and share with your networks.
Follow us on social media: @hansberrydoc on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Check out the trailer on our website:

Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Patty Wen
Editor of the Globe’s Spotlight Team

I’m Patty Wen, a member at Sportsmen’s for more than 15 years – first as a parent of a junior player and now as a member of women’s team.

So the reason I missed so many team practices matches this fall was a major race project that I oversaw as the new editor of the Globe’s Spotlight Team. I was appointed to this job this past summer, and my team of six reporters worked intensely on this seven-part series, which published last month. The idea came about because of so much that happened last year that reminded us of Boston’s longstanding bad reputation around race. So we set out to answer the question: Is this image still deserved ?

The landing page for the series is at It’s the best way to see the series, in my view. But another alternative is through a PDF version. Based on the huge amount of response we got, the Globe has created a free PDF for nonprofits and schools. Email me at if you’d like one, and I have also sent one to Toni .

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