Growing up with a younger brother who struggled with dyslexia, Brette recognized from a young age that literacy is not something to be taken for granted. Knowing just how important literacy is for success, it broke her heart to know that others in her community often lacked the resources and support to make reading a part of their lives.
USTA Texas was up for another adaptive tennis challenge. After experiencing great success setting up a couple of “short courts” at the State Games of Special Olympics so that athletes participating in other sports could give tennis a try, creating a similar venue for the National Dwarf Games was an easy assignment. The games were held at the same venue in Arlington, Texas, that had previously hosted Special Olympics. Except tennis had never been part of the sports curriculum for the Dwarf Athletic Association of America. With the availability of modified sized equipment and courts, both associations – Dwarf and USTA Texas – thought tennis could be a good fit for this population.
Marcus Reese was sitting around with a group of friends and talking about his birthday, brainstorming about ways to celebrate.
He threw out, “What if I played tennis for 30 days straight?” They laughed it off, and told him he was crazy, and he would be too sore to finish. That was when Marcus decided he would started on Jan. 31, his birthday.
No number of rain delays nor amount of rain could dampen the spirit of the 2nd Annual Darren Lajaunie Memorial Tennis Tournament held at the Bay Area Racquet Club, April 27 – 28, 2013 in Houston. About 134 participants came out to support the event that raised over $16,000 for the tennis camp and college scholarships.
Based on decades of observation, USPTA and PTR Master Tennis Professional Fernando Velasco sees a great change in American tennis.
“Tennis stopped being an ‘I’ sport,” said Velasco, who took part in the USTA League Super Senior National Championships this week in Surprise, Ariz., as part of a USTA Texas men’s squad. “Back in the 60s, 70s and the 80s it was: ‘I’m seeded, I’m number one, I just beat somebody.’ As USTA League grows, I see that tennis in the last 10 years has become a ‘we’ sport: ‘We won as a team.’ It makes no difference if you’re playing position one, two or three.