Jaime Kaplan was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. She started playing tennis at the age of nine and went on to hold junior rankings as high as first in the state, second in the south, and 18 in the United States. At Stratford, she produced an undefeated record of 156-0 in singles and doubles along with 5 state titles. She also was an all-state basketball player, playing on 3 state championship basketball teams. After playing collegiate tennis at UGA then FSU, Jaime competed on the WTA Tour for six years, achieving world rankings as high as 91 in doubles and 252 in singles. She played in Wimbledon five times, the US Open four times, the French Open four times, and the Australian Open once.
A knee injury at Wimbledon forced Jaime to retire in 1989 and she settled in back home in Macon where she has been very involved in the community, raising over $6.5 million for various charities, mainly the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia, over the past 28 years. She serves or has served on over a dozen non-profit boards and in 2011 filled an unexpired term for six months on Macon’s City Council.
Jaime was diagnosed with a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia on April 23, 2010. She underwent a bone marrow transplant on August 27 of 2010.
Jaime is the former Alumni Director and Major Gifts Coordinator for Stratford. Currently, she is the Director of Philanthropy at United Way of Central Georgia, Manager of the Five Star Kevin Brown Russell Henley Celebrity Classic and Head Coach of the Stratford boys and girls varsity tennis teams. Jaime’s individuals and teams have won 45 region/area titles and 16 state titles since 2005.
If you ask Jaime her greatest accomplishment, she will tell you that it’s not being inducted into the Stratford Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, or the Macon Sports Hall of Fame, or even the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. She will tell you that it’s the many lives she has touched through her charity work and through her journey with cancer.