Lauren's Wheelchair Tennis Expenses
Lauren's dream is to compete nationally and one day represent the United States in the Paralympics! To get there she must first travel to compete within the US in numerous events to raise her ranking, which can be an expensive endeavor. We would greatly appreciate your support in any amount.
Let us tell you about Lauren!
Lauren was born with a congenital condition which only effects her lower body. Throughout her childhood, she has had many surgeries to correct and strengthen her legs and back. Since she was one, she has used leg braces for support and a walker to get around. Supporting herself with her upper body developed incredibly strong arm and shoulder muscles.
Lauren has never let her disability interfere with her zest for life and abundance of abilities and talents. She has been a Girl Scout, community volunteer leader, volunteer coach for Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, a High School student government member, and participated in a wide variety of other activities. In particular, she has been the Student Ambassador for her high school and cluster of schools for Finish Chelsea's Run. Lauren enjoys handcycling, kayaking, rock-climbing, movies, reading, working out at the YMCA and spending time with family and friends. Lauren has a kind and generous heart. She is always looking for a way to give back to her community. Additionally, Lauren maintains a 4.0 and is consistently on Honor Roll in school.
Using her wheelchair was oringially for long distances or if her legs were tired. But in Middle School, her incredible adapted P.E. coach encouraged her to try wheelchair tennis. What began as a recreational activity soon became Lauren's passion. In 2014, she started competing in the United States Tennis Association Wheelchair Tennis tournaments. In her very first tournament, she won the Singles Championship in her division! In her first tournaments of 2015 she has already won Women's A Doubles Championships and placed second in Women's A Singles!
With your help, Lauren will be able to continue her dreams toward competing nationally and soon be representing the United States in future Paralympic games!
Thank you for yur support of this amazing young athlete!
Lauren is now at the University of Alabama playing for the Adapted Tennis Team. When she arrived her new coach immediately moved her up to the Open division in Women's tennis. In her first two tournaments representing Alabama she and her
partners (Different for each tournament ) won the Women's Open Doubles Championship! Singles is little tougher but she is enjoying the hard work at practice and improving her game.
Thank you again for your amazing support of Lauren's dream to play collegiate wheelchair tennis.
I wanted to thank you again for your generous support of Lauren over the past year and a half! We have had a busy year keeping up with our girl. In June, Lauren graduated with honors from Patrick Henry High School and was awarded Most Inspirational Senior! Next week she will begin to fulfill another phase of her dreams by attending University of Alabama as the newest member of their collegiate wheelchair tennis team! Each of you played a part in her advancement by allowing her the opportunity to travel to compete and hone her skills. We are truly grateful and will keep you posted as to her accomplishments. You can also check out the University of Alabama Adapted Sports website in the coming months and "like" their Facebook page for updates. Until then, Roll Tide!
This past week she was in Baton Rouge for an international tournament and won Women's A Doubles Championship, Women's A Singles 2nd, and Junior Girls Championship!
Next month we will travel to the University of Alabama for a tour and then on to Georgia for another tournament.
Lauren is currently ranked #3 Junior player and #3 Women's A player in the United States! :-)
We are so very grateful for your on-going support of Lauren! Hope all is well with you!