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2015 Arthur Ashe Essay Winners

Mississippi 2015 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Winners

Mississippi 2015 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Winners

Mississippi has two Arthur Ashe Essay Contest winners for 2015. Each year the USTA offers any member of a National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapter the opportunity to enter this contest. The winners at the Sectional level win an all-expense paid trip for two, to Winston Salem, NC to attend the Winston Salem Open in August. The winners at the National level win an all-expense paid trip for two, to The US Open in New York City where they will attend Arthur Ashe Kids Day and attend the US Open and sit in the President’s Box.  Arthur Ashe was an American hero fighting battles both on and off the court. He broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament and finishing his career with three Grand Slam titles, including the 1968 US Open.  Off the court, he was a social activist taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and education. One of his many legacies includes NJTL, a network of youth-serving organizations that provide tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence.  Each year there is a topic for the juniors to write about. This year it was who is a local NJTL hero in your community that resembles what Mr. Charlie Pasarell has done through NJTL. Charlie Pasarell’s contributions as a tennis industry leader have spanned all levels of the sport and have been a driving force in the growth of tennis for more than 40 years.  A focus of Pasarell’s tennis career has always been finding ways to utilize the game to give back to the community. At the height of his playing career, in 1969, Pasarell partnered with Arthur Ashe and  Sheridan Snyder to launch NJTL.

Winning the Arthur Ashe contest at the National level is Lindsey Lunn.  Lindsey is an energetic 11 year old from Greenville. She attends Our Lady of Lourdes School and is in the 6th grade.  Lindsey has been interested in sports her whole life.  She has participated in a wide variety of sports since she was four years old including baseball, basketball, dance, football, gymnastics, soccer, and tennis.  While being active outside of school she has maintained an A average throughout her school years. She currently participates in tennis offered through her local NJTL program coached by Birlette Jelks  and basketball offered through her local park commission.  Lindsey is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she currently serves as an acolyte and a junior leader at Vacation Bible School.  Lindsey hopes to attend Mississippi State University on a tennis scholarship in the future and has dreams to one day become a Navy Seal.

Myesha Nealon won the Arthur Ashe award at the USTA Southern Sectional level. She is the thirteen year old twin daughter of Delorse and Fred Nealon. She lives in Greenville and attends Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.  Myesha is an active member of the Choir, Praise Team and youth Crew. She is in the eighth grade and is an honor student at Solomon Magnet School. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is a Greenville Renaissance Scholar where new skills in life are learned from her peers and instructors. She plays tennis for the Four Aces Racquet Club at Wards Recreation Park and has been an active participate in Birlette Jelk’s summer tennis camp since 2011.

- Jenny Markow-