By sponsoring a student, you will be making a direct positive impact in the lives of cherished individuals who, by no fault of their own, do not have the financial resources to reach their fullest potential as a student, a tennis player and a person committed to society at large.
MAKE A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE
John started playing tennis in 2009 under the ITF Development Program… a program that aims to ensure that tennis, at the highest level, involves as many nations as possible so that the top of the sport continues to be truly international. An initiative focused on offering young people living amongst the slums in Kampala, Uganda gave John the chance of a lifetime.
After a year of hard work and dedication to both sport and education, John was awarded a full scholarship that included both academics and tennis at the Malezi School in Nairobi, Kenya. “My first year I played nationals… I was then ranked #3 in singles and #1 in doubles over the next three consecutive years!” John proudly recalls.
This passionate, talented young player also represented his country, Uganda, in the ITF U12s and U14s with great success. Unfortunately, Uganda was dropped from the ITF Development Program due to membership debts, leaving the young players a feeling of uncertainty and frustration as they desperately attempt to cling to the fleeting opportunities available for a chance at a better life.
John’s tennis prospects would indeed face tough new challenges. “I could not get more help with training, equipment, and playing enough tournaments. I always wanted to play competitive, but did not get a chance to participate because of lack of funds. I started focusing on local tournaments in Kenya and Uganda, training under the Sadili Talent Training Academy that is part of Malezi School.”
William Blick, President of the Uganda Olympic Committee had taken notice of John and his talent. Mr. Blick set to work raising $1,000 for the travel expenses that would allow John to go to the United States to train. Upon leaving for the U.S. the ever-thankful teenager spoke to New Vision [daily newspaper in Uganda] about his upcoming trip, “I am grateful for the offer from the UOC and the tennis fraternity. I expect to do well during my stay in the United States.”
John is in fact doing well. He arrived at HFAC [HAT FUND Academy Colorado] in March and has begun his most intensive tennis-training program to date as well as continuing his academic pursuits. With the help of The HAT FUND and it’s partners, John is working towards earning a scholarship to a university, “I believe I will develop my game in the United States and I will use this opportunity to open doors for my career,” says John optimistically.
- Athletic Gear** includes 2 tennis rackets, 1 tennis bag, overgrips (30-pack), string reel, apparel (4 tshirts, 2 long sleeve shirts, 5 shorts, 2 warm up pants, 1 warm up jacket, 1 hoodie), 2 pair shoes, wristbands and sunscreen. http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/
- College Tuition*** based on Colorado Christian Academy 2015-2016 school year. (Scholarship/grant dollars will be deducted once notification of award is presented) http://www.ccu.edu/finaid/tuition/detail/
- Legal Fees**** for Immigration/Student VISA issues will be determined. Attorney Robert Heiserman http://heiserman.lawoffice.com
- Travel***** is required, by the U.S. Government, back to Uganda before beginning the Fall Semester. http://fly4.emirates.com/CAB/IBE/SearchResult.aspx?gclid=CKrywLbR5MQCFQozaQodKj0AAw
NOTE: Costs are subject to change based on time of purchase, unforeseen complications, scholarship/grant awards, retail price adjustments etc.