ERICA PERKINS JASPER
Chief Operating Officer of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)
Perkins Jasper played college tennis at Washington State University, where she earned a BA in History and an ED. M in Athletic Administration. She is the only player in Washington State Tennis history to participate in four NCAA Team Championships and was the first player from WSU to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championships.
Jasper was inducted into the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2015.
What sport(s) do you play and how long have you played?
I have played tennis for as long as I can remember (probably pushing 35 years at this point). I was a competitive junior tennis player and played college tennis at Washington State University.
Earlier this year I completed my first half marathon—and although I don’t particularly love the (length of) training runs, I really enjoyed the competitive nature of the race, supportive running community, and the mental and physical challenge of completing 13.1.
I have become a fan in the last year of Orange Theory Fitness—and go to that 4-5 days a week.
I am also an amateur yogini. Love all types of yoga, but in particular in the hot room.
What do you love most about your sport?
Tennis: it’s never easy and it’s such a combination of mental and physical. It also has provided me with so many opportunities: two degrees, my career, lifelong friends, unreal memories!
Running: I’m not very good at it, so it’s an amazing challenge.
Orange Theory Fitness: Toughest workout out there for me—and time efficient. As a mom with two little kids, time efficient is KEY! I love the camaraderie of the location I go to and the coaches there and HR monitoring keeps me pushing my upper limits.
Yoga: Makes you go inside and be in touch with your body. I LOVE the hot room as the heat is therapeutic and I find it is easier for me (a less than naturally flexible person) to ease into some of the more challenging poses.
What are your overall goals regarding physical fitness?
Keep stretching my upper limits—especially as I get older—while still being kind to my body and investing in physical and mental recovery. 😊
Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?
“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou