Established in 1961, North Shore Racquet Club (NSRC) is the oldest and longest running indoor tennis facility in the Midwest. Over the years, NSRC, including Jerry Karzen Tennis and John Karzen Basketball, has evolved into one of the premier facilities in the North Shore area* offering championship tennis teams, adult and junior tennis development programs, junior basketball programs, fitness and a variety programs for tots (ages 4-7). The "Karzen Way" is to provide an enthusiastic, positive environment in which all students can learn and improve and have fun as they do it!
Jerry Karzen, Club Owner and Tennis Director, started playing in tennis tournaments when he was 11 years old. He attended New Trier High School and continued on to the University of Michigan on a tennis scholarship. After graduation he joined the professional tennis tour for three and a half years with professional competitions at the highest level. After being an All-American in college, he played in Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open--part of the grand slam of the tennis circuit. Today Jerry still competes and wins in national tournaments with son, Brett and daughter, Becky.
John Karzen, Owner of JKBB and Basketball Director, also attended New Trier High School with an impressive tennis history. John continued to play and teach tennis at NSRC, however his favorite sport was basketball. In 1999, John ran a small basketball summer camp program with 20 campers per day. Today he has grown that one small camp into JKBB Basketball at NSRC which is a year round, co-ed junior basketball program with over 300 students. JKBB offers over 12 independent classes, 2 In-House Leagues and 2 Boys Travel Teams and a special Girl's Only League. JKBB Basketball is recognized by the feeder programs for the North Shore Area* high schools as a high quality, junior basketball development program.
The Karzen Way is to provide an enthusiastic, positive environment in which our students can learn and improve and have fun as they do it.
A few on court family accomplishments that we are proud of include:
What a joy it has been to be able to combine family and tennis! Whether it has been competing with my dad, son Brett or daughters Becky, Brooke and Bridget in National Father/Son or Father/Daughter Tournaments - to running North Shore Racquet Club with mother, Evelyn, brother John and sister Jan - it's been a love not a labor!
Looking forward to our family getting to know yours!
North Shore area, applies to the following suburbs: Bannockburn, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Highland Park, Highwood, Hubbard Woods, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Riverwoods, Rosemont, Skokie, Techny, Vernon Hills, Wilmette, and Winnetka.