The Courting Kids program has done it again. The City of Charleston youth tennis program’s Ducky “Sally” Steward was named a national winner in the USTA Foundation’s 19th annual NJTL National Essay Contest.
Steward was one of the 10 winners (five girls and five boys) from the more than 2,600 entries in the five age groups from 10-18 years old. The seventh grader from Charleston Collegiate School on John’s Island was the 12-and-under girls division winner for her 350 words or less essay on life skills.
Each winner and a parent/legal guardian will be rewarded with a trip to New York City from Aug. 25-27 to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the U.S. Open. In addition to round-trip airfare and a two-night stay at New York’s Grand Hyatt, the winners will have VIP status in the USTA President’s Box during the Aug. 26 Arthur Ashe Kids Day
Essay participants were asked this question: “In addition to tennis, education and life skills are extremely important to the development of our youth. Which one of the three components above is most important to you, and how will it help you throughout your life?”
Participants in Courting Kids, which operates out of Charleston Tennis Center, the downtown Jack Adams Tennis Center and the Alan Fleming Tennis Center on John’s Island, have won several national awards under program director Delores Jackson’s guidance. In addition to the city, the Family Circle Tennis Center complex and the Volvo Car Open are major supporters of Courting Kids.
“Ducky’s real name is Sally but no one knows her by that … even at school her report reads ‘Ducky’,” her mother, Lisa Steward, said.
“She started playing tennis at four years old at the Charleston Tennis Center … has volunteered at Courting Kids for over a year, and also volunteers at Maybank Tennis Center.”
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