His good turn is tennis

Bill Althaus
William Chrisman High School senior-to-be Jordan Twenter hopes to fill many boxes and containers with food that he will donate to Harvesters - The Community Food Network. Twenter has organized a July 19 tennis tournament at Santa Fe Trail Park where the entry fee is canned food items. He is also asking for those who attend to bring non-perishable food items. The tournament is helping Twenter become an Eagle Scout.

An unexpected guest at his drive-by birthday party prompted senior-to-be Jordan Twenter at William Chrisman High School in Independence to earn the highest rank in Scouting.

The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth, and soon the William Chrisman tennis standout could join their ranks.

“My mom had a surprise drive-by birthday party for me, and my scoutmaster, Kevin Jenkins, was one of the people who drove by. I’ve been in Scouts since the sixth grade, and I was so close to becoming an Eagle Scout, but I kind of got busy with all kinds of things at school and didn’t go after my Eagle Scout like I should have.”

However, Jenkins and two Eagle Scouts at Chrisman prompted Twenter to do one final project, which turned out to be a tennis tournament with an entry fee was canned goods that would be donated to Harvesters – The Food Network.

“This is my 36th Eagle Scout project, and it is certainly one of the most unique,” Jenkins said. “No one has seen anything quite like this and we are all so proud of Jordan for coming up with this tournament idea.”

The tournament is tentatively set for 8 a.m. July 19 at Santa Fe Trail Park. The field is set, with 14 boys and four girls. Because of the pandemic, players will sit in their cars before they play. Fans are encouraged to bring food items, too. They include canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal boxes, canned soup, household products, brown rice, whole grain pasta, dried fruit, canned chicken, canned tuna, or canned salmon.

“I’m an Eagle Scout,” Chrisman activities director Greg McGhee said, “and I’d been encouraging Jordan to do that final project. He does everything at school, and I know how busy he is, but I kept encouraging him. I told him we’d do anything to help him and he came up with the idea of a tennis tournament.”

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel spring sports, it was a great way to get kids back on the courts and a way to help people in the community – a win/win situation.”

Chrisman tennis coach Jason Grubb, who is also an Eagle Scout, agreed.

“How cool is a tennis tournament where canned goods are the entry fee?” asked Grubb. “It’s perfect. It took a while to get Jordan motivated to earn his Eagle Scout, but now, it’s going to happen and I couldn’t be any prouder of him.”

Two of his Chrisman classmates share that enthusiasm.

“We get to play tennis, we get to help the community, we get to help Jordan become an Eagle Scout,” Chrisman tennis teammate Sam Hawley said, “It’s great! We were talking one day, and we talked about a lot of different things. When we started talking about a tournament you could see that Jordan was really excited.”

Laurie Douglas, who plays for the girls team added, “It’s super cool. I can’t wait. Thank you Jordan for giving us a chance to play and help our community.”

If you have any questions, contact Twenter at jordantwenter@yahoo.com