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USTA Eastern Juniors Receive National Multicultural Participation Individual Player Grants

February 29, 2008 08:29 PM

The grants are awarded to provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings and are based on the success level of the player in the previous year.

“USTA Eastern is committed to increasing multicultural participation across all levels of the organization,” said D.A. Abrams, Executive Director of USTA Eastern. “We are extremely proud of our high performance juniors. Their talent on the court helps to foster a tennis environment that is more inclusive and inviting to everyone in the sport.”

The Eastern Section grant recipients are:

Name                     City                                 Age

Quinton Vega          Brooklyn, NY                   14

Lauren McHale       Englewood Cliffs, NJ        17

Christina McHale    Englewood Cliffs, NJ        15

Nadja Gilchrist        Webster, NY                   17

Winston Lin            Williamsville, NY              14

Kristie Ahn             Upper Saddle River, NJ    15

Tina Jiang               Somerset, NJ                   12

Robin Anderson      Matawan, NJ                   14

Additionally, fourteen year old Jason Tahir of Rochester, NY was awarded a USTA Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant. The grant honors the memory, life, and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, a scholar athlete who would have had a very promising future, on and off the court. It rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports.

Tahir, who is ranked #2 in USTA Eastern Boys 14 and #27 USTA National Boys 14 divisions, won the 2007 High School State Doubles Championship (with Ben Guzick) and was awarded second place in the Boys 14 Closed Circuit Championships. A junior at the Harley Allendale Columbia School, Jason has a 3.8 g.p.a and is Vice President of his class. His scholastic achievement and leadership skills have earned him the honor of school standard bearer..