Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
CHICAGO D'Wayne Begay, Navajo, remembers when he was 14 years old, his mother did not want him to hang in the streets of Albuquerque. She felt he would only land in trouble.
Red Bear Tennis Program which provides tennis activities for at-risk youth
His mother encouraged him to learn to play tennis. That summer, he enrolled in an Albuquerque parks and recreation tennis program to learn to play. It was a decision he has never regretted. He soon excelled in the sport and was a standout on the high school tennis team.
Begay went on to play collegiate tennis and became a tennis professional.
In addition, Begay has founded the Red Bear Tennis Program which provides tennis activities for at-risk youth nationwide.
“Through the years, people have told me they do have never seen an Indian tennis professional,”
said Begay with a smile.
D'Wayne Begay, Navajo, will be on hand at the Chicago Public School Title VII program's Native Family Tennis Day
Though, now in his fifties, Begay is still a nationally ranked tennis player and uses his skills as a teacher to provide opportunities for American Indian students to learn tennis and improve their academic, social and physical achievement.
Tomorrow, Begay will be on hand at the Chicago Public School Title VII program's Native Family Tennis Day, in partnership with the US Tennis Association. He and Aaron Mabra will demonstrate to American Indian families in Chicago new ways to enjoy tennis.
Participants who attend are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. The event is open to all ages and no experience necessary.
Native Family Tennis Day
Sunday, March 10
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Stockton Elementary Gym
4420 North Beacon Street, parking is street only; use door -2
Chicago, Illinois 60640
posted March 9, 2013 7:50 am est