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August 20, 2004 09:46 AM

USA Tennis Florida is pleased to announce its winners of the fifth annual USA Tennis NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.  The section received entries from 47 participants answering the question, “Why is Arthur Ashe a sports legend?” Each of the winners will be honored with a plaque from USA Tennis Florida.  Congratulations to:

10Cristyne Ramirez - Miami 
12Keshell Brown - Jacksonville  Ryan Haney - Boca Raton
14Erica Tainsh - Winter Park          Geoffrey Yager - Boynton Beach
16Laurel Tainsh - Winter ParkAdam Bydlon - Delray Beach
18Jennifer Talana - Orlando    Brett Harling - Boca Raton

Plaques will be sent to the winners within the next few weeks.  Thank you to all of this year’s participants.  You all play an integral role in furthering Arthur Ashe’s vision!

10 Children Win Trip to New York for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 28

The USTA announced the 10 winners of the sixth annual USA Tennis NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. For the second consecutive year, the essay contest welcomed entries from school children across the nation.  To enter, children, 18 or younger, had to write an essay in 300 words or less on “Why is Arthur Ashe a sports legend?” A USTA sub-committee selected the winning essays based on knowledge of Arthur Ashe, message clarity and writing style.

The 10 winners receive a travel package from Aug. 27-29 that includes: round-trip coach airfare to New York City for themselves and a parent/legal guardian; two nights at the Grand Hyatt Hotel; an honorary plaque; lunch with former New York City Mayor and USTA Board Member David Dinkins; a NY Mets baseball game vs. the LA Dodgers, Broadway’s ”Beauty & The Beast,” a sightseeing tour, and two tickets to the 2004 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess on August 28. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is the official kick-off event for the 2004 US Open that runs August 30 - September 12.

The 10 winners of the 2004 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest are:

NameAge GroupHometown
David Parker   10  Anderson, S.C.
Chidinma Omeh10Houston, Texas       
Wesley Barrett  12Cary, N.C.
Rachel Stuhlmann  12St. Louis, Mo.
Garrett Mertl14Marietta, Ga.
Julie Thorpe      14Palm Desert, Calif.
Quincy Marcellos Jones  16Monroe, N.C.  
Kathrin Sorokko16Douglaston, N.Y.
Max Grassby18Rapid City, S.D.
Khaivchandra Ramjeawan18Uniondale, N.Y. 

“Arthur Ashe lived an exemplary life, donating his time to reaching youth in a full range of socio-economic classes and growth of the game,” said D.A. Abrams, Director, Community Outreach, USTA. “We are proud to name these 10 winners who exemplify Ashe’s character and honor his boundless contributions to both the sport and his commitment to youth of all backgrounds through this essay contest.”

A portion of the proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids' Day benefit the USA Tennis NJTL (National Junior Tennis League), which was established by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder in 1969.  USA Tennis NJTL is a community-driven program supported by the USTA, that significantly impacts the lives of America's youth.  USA Tennis NJTL seeks to develop the character of young people through tennis and to emphasize the ideals and life of Arthur Ashe.






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