Arthur Ashe would be proud of the three Houston youngsters who won first place in their age divisions in Texas for the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest sponsored by the National Junior Tennis & Learning program.
Daniel Rahimzadeh, Brady Brazda and Victoria Lopez used their writing skills to tell how the tennis icon’s life has inspired them.
The contest is an annual event which asks NJTL participants to answer the question “If you could follow in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps and ‘give back to tennis’ what would you do to give back to the game, and how would it impact others?”
Daniel, 14, the son of Farideh and Ben Rahimzadeh, is a 9th grader at Westchester Academy for International Studies. Brady, 12, the son of Amy Brazda, is a 7th grader at the Kinkaid School, and Victoria, who just turned 11, the daughter of Kim Baynes, attends Ruby Sue Clifton Middle School.
Daniel wishes every school could have a tennis court. He writes, “…My dream has always been to play tennis for my high school. Now I’ll never get the chance. The high school that I am going to does not have a tennis court…What I want to do is to make sure that every school has a tennis court, that way the kids that love tennis as well would be able to play…” Read more
Arthur Ashe has challenged Brady to give back to the sport he loves. Brady writes, “Arthur Ashe was a tennis legend, a great sportsman, and a man who fought for others' rights. Most importantly, he was a LEADER on and off the court. In being a LEADER he gave back to the sport he loved. I believe that I follow in Ashe's footsteps by being a LEADER. It has helped me impact others, students at my school and players who I play with in NJTL..” Read more
Victoria would like to have a tennis program at her school so that others will know about Arthur Ashe and the many wonderful things that the program offers youth. Her essay describes her activities to give back. “I am launching my back to school items to raise money to help children to tackle hunger, stay in school, stop bullying and provide scholarships for shoes and outfits for those who want to learn tennis even if they are challenged…By following in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps I may not become a super athlete but I will be a better person and I believe in the power of one and that one can make a difference...” Read more