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"His Pen Is As Mighty As His Racket" - Thursday, August 14, 2014

Contact: David Schumacher, Executive Director

Phone: 504-895-9933

Night line: 504-615-9062

July 30, 2014


His Pen Is As Mighty As His Racket

Ja'Briel Weston, 11, has a powerful forehand, but his pen is mighty too. He wrote an essay for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest that was chosen best in Louisiana. The prize, awarded by the United States Tennis Association Southern Section, is an all-expense paid trip for him and a chaperone to the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina!

Ja’Briel was introduced to tennis this summer in the A’s & Aces Literacy & Tennis Camp at its NORDC Joe Brown Tennis Center site. "Any time he had a moment’s break in our day he would ask for a racket and balls and go hit against the wall which really improved his game,” said Coach Andrew Davis.

As a participant in A’s & Aces, the "Chapter of the Year” among 600 National Junior Tennis and Learning chapters across the country, Ja’Briel was eligible to submit his thoughts on the 2014 essay topic: "Arthur Ashe used his time and skills to impact others - how have you used your time and skills learned through tennis and educational programming to impact the lives of those around you?” His three-page response, composed under the tutelage of lead instructor Dominique Stone, thoughtfully described his efforts to help schoolmates and fellow campers.

Due to his interest in tennis and his reflective essay, this 6th grade New Orleans East resident and his father will have an exciting adventure August 16-18 as they watch up close and personal some of the world’s best players at the Winston-Salem Open.

Ja’Briel with Dominique Stone, his A’s & Aces/Coach Across America literacy instructor. Photos by A’s & Aces


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