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Three from USTA Southern Selected For Essay Writing

August 7, 2008 11:22 AM

Three youngsters from USTA Southern were selected as national winners of the 2008 NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest and will receive an all-expense paid weekend to attend Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and other exciting cultural events in New York City.

Writers of the winning essays for the national contest were Emma Crush of Prospect, Ky., in the girl’s 10-year-old division, Rising Stars of Kentucky; Michelle Matoke of Raleigh, N.C., in the girl’s 14-year-old division, Raleigh NJTL and Kedzie J. White of Memphis, Tenn., in the boy’s 16-year-old division, Tennis Memphis. There were seven other national winners selected from the other 16 USTA sections.

Seven other contestants were named winners for the nine USTA Southern states: Braylon Rumph of Mobile, Ala., Lyons Park NJTL; Aaron Winfrey of Fayetteville, Ga., Peterson School of Tennis; Hannah Watene of Louisville, Ky., Rising Stars of Kentucky; Chistopher Adams of Greenville, Miss., Four Aces Racquet Club; Robert Wright of Raleigh, N.C., Raleigh NJTL; Zakiya Provost of Aiken, S.C., MACH Academy, Inc. and Michella Douglas, Memphis, Tenn., Memphis Tennis. The state winners will also get an all-expenses paid trip to New York, sponsored by USTA Southern.

The contest commemorates the spirit and humanitarian work of the late, great Arthur Ashe by asking NJTL participants (18 years old and under) to learn about Arthur Ashe and then respond by writing an essay or submitting artwork answering the question: “How do you exemplify the ideals of Arthur Ashe?” Youngsters also had the opportunity to submit artwork instead of writing an essay but were ineligible for the national grand prizes.

A highlight of the trip is to attend the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, August 23, at the site of the US Open, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The event mixes hot music with lively exhibition tennis. Performing will be Demi Lovato, star of Disney’s “Camp Rock.” Also, Colby O’Donis will be singing his new hit “What You Got” and up-and-coming boy band Menudo will be performing their new single “Lost.” This exciting family event will be hosted by Susie Castillo, who recently hosted “America’s Prom Queen,” and Quddus, host of Nickelodeon’s new show “Dance on Sunset.” Showing off their hot shots on the court will be Top 10 players Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, James Blake and Ana Ivanovic.

 

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