"My daughter started working with Jackie at GTP when she was 6 years old! She absolutely loves the game of softball and has since she first played t-ball. I heard about GTP from a friend and figured I'd give it a shot. I scheduled Julianna with Jackie and I remember picking her up from her first lesson and she was going a mile a minute about how much fun she had! Of course she told me the important "softball" things they worked on but most importantly she immediately acknowledged that Jackie is always "happy". I found that to be an interesting observation from a young child and since my daughter loved it so much we continued on. My daughter just turned 9 and is one of 3 pitchers on a competitive 10u travel team in Mercer County. She has been working with Jackie for 3 years and I cannot say enough POSITIVE things about her. She has helped Julianna develop into an awesome softball player and pitcher, but more than that she has taught my daughter to be confident, calm, and POSITIVE. Jackie has been there for Jules when she was having a bad day, or struggling with a new technique, and even when we switched teams. My daughter, as well as my husband and I, trusts her and enjoys learning from her.
I’m writing this review because I think it’s so important to thank the people in our children’s lives who are the “ good/positive influences”. The people who will have an impact on our children’s lives and leave it a little better because of how they treat them or behave themselves. I know Jackie's job is fulfilling because I can see it in the way she treats my daughter. I appreciate the fact that she recognizes that these kids look up to her! Julianna asks us every day “ do I have Jackie tonight?” When the answer is yes, she is overjoyed!!! Obviously, we are thrilled with the softball knowledge Jackie has shared with her, but more importantly we are so happy to have her as a positive role model in her life. I think Jackie and GTP are awesome for the softball set up they have for the girls in our area to learn about the game, but I think it's important to realize when someone teaches our children they are shaping more than just their softball technique! I'm so thrilled there is a place where she can express her love of the game and she can share that with an instructor who loves teaching it to others. Jackie, and all the instructors make all the girls feel special and cared about, and teach them the sport with positivity in a world that is so negative. They don't only make them better softball players, I truly believe they are contributing to making them better people as well and for that we are so appreciative. I have never witnessed Jackie on a bad day... she's always "Jackie" and that goes a long way with our family!
As a parent I believe my first job is to make sure my daughter is happy, healthy, and enjoying life! She loves softball so much but at the end of the day it is a game, and we support her wanting to play it nonstop 100%, but I want her to have a childhood too. We are so happy to have a place like GTP for her to be a softball player... a kid.. an athlete.. an equal. Jackie's organization and what she stands for is something I'm proud to contribute to. Julianna is lucky to have the entire GTP team... as are so many other children they work with. We train individually and as a team, and we have never had a negative experience. I wish Jackie and GTP nothing but the greatest success and I thank them for truly being AWESOME!" --Celeste Vignets