I tried all the sports as a kid: soccer (didn't like all the running), basketball (made a shot in the other team's basket once and never forgave myself), and volleyball (I wanted to be libero but wasn't cut out for it).
The first time I picked up a tennis racquet at age 8, I was hooked. I'd watched my dad play once a week and wanted so badly to be on the court, too. As soon as I expressed an interest in the sport, my dad became my coach. Once I (humbly) surpassed his skill level, he set me up with regular lessons, and the rest was history.
I played tennis all through middle and high school, serving on my school's varsity team through my senior year. I am tremendously grateful to the sport for the discipline it helped me develop and the mental strength it helped me build.
My family sacrificed a lot of time and money for me to be able to play: taking me all across the state to competitions, clothing me and paying for expensive private lessons and equipment. I am incredibly grateful for their sacrifice because I know that not every family, however willing, can afford to do so.
It's for this reason I've become involved with Kings County Tennis League - no young person should be denied access to this sport because of where they live or what their parents can afford. KCTL understands how transformative tennis can be and hopes to break down those barriers to access in Brooklyn.
About The Fundraiser
KCTL is hosting a tennis tournament fundraiser with the goal of raising a grand total of $7,000.
While each participating player is expected to raise at least $350, my own personal goal is $529, in honor of my dad's birthday. He encouraged my love for the sport and did everything possible to make sure I had what I needed to succeed. Thank you, Dad!!
Where Your Amazing Donation Is Going
The amount we raise will turn an under-utilized space in the heart of a Brooklyn community — Lafayette Gardens — into four permanent public tennis courts (one full-length court, and three miniature courts) along with a classroom. This space will be used to meet increasing demand for a place where kids can learn, play, and grow in an environment that’s supportive and fun. Feel free to scroll through the photos modeling this concept!
Nonprofit In A Nutshell
Kings County Tennis League (KCTL) is a 501(c)(3) that uses tennis as an instrument for youth development and community building in underserved neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY.
Click here for the video of our last summer sesson.