Fighting Poverty with Passion
Per usual, it’s been another busy month at A’s & Aces. All of our programs listed in last month’s blog are up and running! We also recently held our first tournament of this school year—the Chevron/GNOSF Jr. Grand Prix tournament at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East. We had over 80 participants, including around 30 A’s & Aces players. We were able to complete all of the matches in the tournament, despite a pesky rain delay. All of the participants played very well, and several were first-time USTA-sanctioned tournament players! It is exciting for the kids to see their hard work pay off, and many seemed in good spirits despite the competition. Speaking of hard work, this tournament could not have been this successful without the help of our volunteer court monitors who chose to spend their weekend with us, and we are very grateful. We are also very grateful for all of our sponsors and partners for the tournament, including Chevron, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, Subway, Second Serve, BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana and Wellness Water.
I have never been to Joe Brown Park before the tournament, but I was pleasantly surprised as to how beautiful it is! It’s a large (135 acre!) park with newly renovated tennis courts—perfect for us—but also a nice playground, baseball and football fields and a swimming pool! It’s also conveniently located right off the Read Blvd exit on I-10. In addition to this tournament and out after-school program, we have used the park before for summer camps, and will be using it again for our smaller tournament toward the end of November. New Orleans East was among the most damaged areas from Katrina and it’s refreshing to see the new renovations as well as community members utilizing them.
Until next time!