About the founder
Aby, CEO & Founder
Aby Ryan founded Athena Camps after a successful career as a professional tennis player, collegiate coach, and non-profit executive. With over 25 years of experience coaching and developing programs for local organizations, Aby specializes in youth program development, curriculum design, and innovative strategies to grow strong, expressive, confident young women.
When her daughter started kindergarten, Aby Ryan saw a need for a special environment where girls could navigate social pressures, build character, and support each other. She realized the time had come to realize her dream of creating a unique girls’ sports camp. So on June 11, 2011, she launched the first Athena Camp with 27 girls. Athena Camps’ attendance quadrupled in our first full year. Since then, we have grown more than thirty percent each year and hope to serve 10,000 girls by 2020.
Jessica Davis is a former collegiate athlete and high school coach, and is now a Physical Education teacher in San Jose. While playing softball at UC Davis, Jessica helped lead her team to earn a conference title as an All-Tournament Team athlete, and eventually moved to San Diego to further her education at San Diego State University. As a way of giving back to her community, Jessica coached softball at the high school level for 3 successful years. After earning her Master’s degree, Jessica moved back to Northern California, where she was born and raised, to teach 4th and 5th grade PE.
Jessica joined the Athena team to inspire, motivate, and equip young women with the confidence and courage it takes to actively participate as an athlete, student and female in today’s society. To sustain her competitive nature and satisfy her love of athletics and physical fitness, Jessica plays softball and soccer year round.
Yoga Curriculum Developer & Coach
Amy is a certified YogaKids teacher and finds joy in educating the whole child by incorporating breathing exercises, non-competitive games, math, ecology, music, language, art and relaxation into her yoga classes. Because children are so busy with school, homework, and extracurricular activities, she is happy to share the opportunity to turn their attention inward and ‘just be’. She believes that the best part of yoga for many children is their ability to close their eyes, become completely still, breathe, and find that peace and happiness that is alive inside everyone of us.
Amy has created the yoga curriculum for Athena Camps for the past four years. She is also the middle school yoga coach in Los Altos and San Jose.