Name: Caitlin Hamill
AKA (Nickname): Cait ; Little Hamill (well only Matt calls me that)
How long have you worked at CCRC?:
3 years!! I started in May of my freshman year at Viz, and am about to go to college!
Favorite Thing to Eat at CCRC:
My all-time favorite would be blackened chicken and asparagus, but the asparagus is no longer with us. Another favorite is the turkey club sandwich we had this winter. I think Kenny may have made me that sandwich with asparagus almost every night in the indoor season. (the asparagus is a common denominator here!! All of my ccrc friends make fun of me for ordering asparagus but it is SO GOOD!) This summer I’m really enjoying the barbecue chicken wrap with sweet potato fries.
Best Part of Working at CCRC:
CCRC family of course! All of the employees and members are so close and helpful. We tend to mess up a lot, and everyone (especially Cyndi and Dan) is always so willing to fix the situation and help one another out.
Worst Part of Working at CCRC:
CCRC covid-19 waivers… It took us a while to perfect this process, so I apologize if I’ve asked you to sign the same piece of paper three times in a row. We finally have it down (I hope)!
Do you play tennis? For how long? Did you play at CCRC? :
I played at CCRC with Cindy Cohan and in clinics when I was little… obviously, I wasn’t very good because it didn’t last too long. It would be nice if I had stuck with it though, because whenever a member asks me for their recommendation on a racquet or stringing, they all trust me much less when I tell them I don't play tennis.
Do you or did you play any other sports? :
I played club and high school soccer and ran cross country when I was in high school. I’m thinking about playing club soccer at SLU, but I haven’t decided yet!
Are you still in school? What are you studying?
I just graduated from Visitation Academy this year and am going to be a freshman at SLU on the pre-med track!*
Most amount of racquets you've strung in a day?
Between 7-9. This was maybe the worst day ever though, because this was only three days after Trina had taught me how to string, and I had never done one alone yet. So of course, I was in the pro shop all alone and there was a kid’s tournament at night, so the parents were dropping off all of these racquets that had to be strung by a certain time. I was a bit nervous.
Most amount of tickets you've entered after a shift:
I can’t even guess… has to be hundreds when I’m in the pro shop on a holiday. On the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, or any other busy day, I am usually in the shop and just do tickets throughout my entire shift.
What is it like to work for a family business?
I LOVE it! Everyone is so close and has such good relationships. Since it’s a rather small group of people you see every day, it really feels like you’re working with family. Speaking for myself, I know I’ve formed amazing bonds and friendships with so many employees and members here at CCRC!
Weirdest thing that has ever happened to you working here?
I was downstairs prepping for a pickleball dinks and drinks party. I grabbed a cup to get myself some water, and as I was getting ice from the ice-maker, a LIVE squirrel fell out of the dispenser instead of the ice. I screamed and ran away, trying to find someone to help me. I went upstairs to get help, and no one seemed to think it was as alarming as I did… so I was forced to deal with it myself. I ended up putting something over the grate to keep it from crawling it, and then when Dan came to check on it later, it had escaped. **
Favorite Member to see walk thru the doors:
Brian and Lisa Potter! I used to work every weekend in the fall/winter when they had their season reservation, and I got so excited when their time rolled around.
Tennis Pro or employee you most admire:
Trina!! She is such a determined, helpful, and positive presence at CCRC! She was the first person I met on my first day.
Which would you rather win: Stanley Cup, World Series, World Cup, Rider Cup, Superbowl, NBA Championship, PGA Tour event, etc, Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open.
World Cup of course because I'm a soccer player!
What is your happiest memory at CCRC?
I don’t think I can choose just one, but so many of them are holidays at CCRC. The 4th of July, Crabtacular, Anniversary Party, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, are just a few of my FAVORITE days. The Crabtacular might top it all because pretty much everyone who came was such fun, and we had that super creative treasure hunt thing and all of the members were so into it!
Notes from Dani-
*Not that it is a competition, but Ms. Caitlin's CCRC chat had very few grammatical mistakes. Well done, Viz.
**Anyone who plays in the Gamer's Building or on courts 7 & 8 knows that we tend to be a home for wayward squirrels. It is a new development that the squirrels are interested in redneck cryotherapy.