For years on end, the Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation has worked hard to provide innovative programming in four core areas -- tennis, academics, life skills and nutrition/fitness -- to Milwaukee's central city children.
We are thrilled to report that four participants in MTEF's TEAM (Tennis, Education and Mentoring) program made history recently by medaling in the United States Tennis Association’s annual National Student Athlete Competition (NSAC). This marks the first time in USTA history that four competitors from a single National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter have won at the same time. Six other yougn people from our chapter won national and regional awards in the annual Arthur Ashe Essayand Art Contest. In addition, three of our participants were chosen to attend the NJTL Leadership Camp during the summer -- another "first ever" moment in USTA history.
When the 2011-2012 NSAC ended Charlee Goodman was first in the girls’ high school division, Sydan Parker was first in the boys’ middle school division, Michelle Spicer was second in the girls’ middle school division – in which she had led until the final day of the competition – and Rhamses Lo was second in the boys’ middle school division – just 80 points behind Parker.
MTEF’s sectional winnersin the Ashe competition were Sebel Fusi, Boys 10-and-Under; Julian Loera, Boys12-and-Under; Tyler Haanen, Boys 18-and-Under; Alexandra Taper, Girls 12-and-Under; Tasneem Badani, Girls 14-and-Under and Chrystal Whitley, Girls 18-and-Under. Haanen went on to take top national honors in his division.
MTEF participants James Barcelona, Michelle Spicer, and Julian Loera were selected to attend the NJTL Leadership Camp in Minneapolis, MN, through a competitive application process based on academic achievement and on-court results.
Are we proud of our kids? You bet we are!
You can find detailed stories on these exceptional kids in the latest edition of MTEF’s semiannual newsletter, The Match, which is posted under news and media on the home page of our website, www.mtef.com. So, please log on and take a few minutes to read it. (The website also contains a wealth of information on our programming and activities.)
As a board member and media relations coordinator for MTEF, I can assure you that we want the whole community to know what these youngsters -- good kids doing good things -- have accomplished. They deserve it!