Dear Foundation supporters,
As the former Volunteer Executive Director for many years I had the pleasure of using your support to help so many children. As a result the foundation grew and after 5 years could hire a full time Executive Director, Hilliary Heard! In her first year she has done an amazing job at taking the organization to a whole new level. She does all the hard work and I get the joy of being able to mentor these children as a volunteer while watching the results of your support come to fruition.
I am enjoying my new job as Executive Director at the USTA. I work with all of tennis in Nevada and that is very rewarding. However, nothing compares to the satisfaction of mentoring a child into greatness and so often I come across a comment, an accomplishment, a story that I want to share with you, because if you knew how significant your contribution was it would make you very happy. These types of things happen all of the time and I will make an effort to share them with you as they occur.
Below I have pasted the email Edgardo Ureta sent me this morning. Edgardo Ureta is the child who started tennis as a junior in high school, a non athletic child 40 pounds over weight, yet through hard work achieved the impossible. He stopped partying, went from D's and C's to straight A's for the first time in his life - and subsequently earned a college scholarship for tennis.
The "RUDY" Award winner continues as a leader of his team in his freshman year at Hartford University where he plays #5 singles and #3 doubles. He decided a few weeks ago to get a bucket and show up at the Hartford Basketball game to ask people to donate dollars and quarters for Haiti. He raised $250.00 and credits his time selling raffle tickets for giving him the confidence to do this. He has also committed to coming back this summer to help the foundation as an iEdgardo was also one of a few students chosen to be on the deans council. None of Edgardo's high school friends made it to college. One is in jail and two have drug problems.
Please read his email to me below, which was a repsonse to my phone message yesterday. It really shows you how far Edgardo, who we use to call "Mr Jack Daniel's," has come.....
From: Edgardo Ureta
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 6:20 am
Subject: Response to Voice mail
Ryan, I got your call. Thank you. I was heartbroken when I lost that match. I knew I could have won, but I couldn't clinch it. You are right, it is the little things and I need to make sure I get to bed earlier and avoid the junk food. But its amazing how much better I have become at the game.
In the Holy Cross match I was up 4-0 then lost 7-5, 6-3, it really sucked. We play Hofstra today (Levinson's Team) today, it should be good. I will let you know how everything goes. I went to bed at 11 last night by the way and woke up at 8, that's not too bad. I was offered ANOTHER internship by the America East Conference to be assistant Marketing director for 3 months. I am the only freshman in 6 years to be chosen to represent the school with the conference. Its amazing how the opportunities keep coming. You are right the more I do right the more great things happen for me.
The other day the coach was pist at both Men's and Women's teams. We had to wake up at 5 am, we ran hard. It astonishes me that by not drinking or smoking I finished 3rd out of 20 in a 3 mile run and 2nd out of 20 in sprints. Its very interesting this process, I have been sitting quiet a lot in the past week, it really helps. I used to be last in everything 2 years ago, now I am always first. Hopefully I can get above a 3.0 this semester again. Il let you know how we do against Hofstra today