You probably know Alice as the East Kentwood JV Tennis Coach, a position she has held for many years. She has coached both boys and girls and been the face of tennis to our elementary KIDS program.
Alice Kennedy was born in South Vietnam and with her family migrated to the United States after the fall of Saigon. Alice started volunteering at a young age. While living in the refugee camp, she helped translate for those that did not speak English, she helped clean mess halls and loved handing out care packages to newcomers.
After arriving in Grand Rapids, Alice continued helping others by assisting her uncles teach Vietnamese adults English classes through Bethany Christian Services. Alice has volunteered with numerous organizations over the years. March of Dimes, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Asian Victims Relief Fund are just a few of the organizations.
Alice has a passion for diversity. She has been a member of the Advisory Council to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Multiracial Association of Professionals (MAP), the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Communities of Color Initiative, Partners for a Racism-Free Community, Calling All Colors program, Diversity Advisory Council for Varnum Law, Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and served in leadership roles for The Delta Strategy, Mary Free Bed and Rehabilitation Center’s Diversity Advisory Group, Phu Dong Youth Association—Vietnamese Miss Michigan Ao Dai Pageant, the Women’s
Resource Center’s Women of Equality Day; was a member of The Asian Center of West Michigan, and co-hosted for The Asian Hour. She is a current member and past Co-President of the West Michigan Asian American Association.
Her awards and recognitions include: