When I was a kid I wanted to be a basketball player. My special talent of missing layups and – god forbid – any attempted three pointers led me to another sport, tennis.
Initially tennis was a way for my parents to get me to be more active and to shed a couple pounds off my adolescent body, but overtime the sport grew into something really special to me. Tennis was an avenue for me to know what it was like to be passionate about something, cope with everyday stresses, and a way for this awkward kid to make friends.
I remember back in middle school waking up at 3:00 am so I could watch Roger Federer play in the French Open. As my role model, he showed sportsmanship, grace, and humility that I tried insinuating into my own life on and off the court that molded me into the person I am today.
Despite how amazing tennis can be, it’s not the most accessible sport. I was lucky to have come from a background where equipment, lessons, and court time were afforded to me, but someone’s background shouldn’t impede them from discovering new things that can spark into a lifelong passion. That’s why I get involved with Kings County Tennis League as much as I can.
Through my time as a volunteer tennis coach in Marcy Housing Projects in Brooklyn and as a junior board member, my goal is to create a positive impact one fundraiser, one sport, and one amazing community at a time.
Help me make Brooklyn communities more awesome!
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.
About The Fundraiser
KCTL is hosting a tennis tournament fundraiser with the goal of raising a grand total of $7,000. Each participating player is expected to raise at least $350.
Where Your Awesome Donation Is Going
The amount we raise will turn an under-utilized space in the heart of a Brooklyn community — Lafayette Gardens — into five permanent public tennis courts (one full-length court, and four 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!