2009 Arthur Ashe Essay Winner
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the winner in the girls' 10-and-under category, is a participant in the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, the Delray Beach Tennis
Patrons, a youth-serving organization that provides tennis and education to develop the character of young people.

Augustin and a parent or guardian receives a trip to New York and the 2009 US Open, where they will be guests at the 2009 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
presented by Hess on Aug. 29, 2009.

Contest participants were asked to write an essay on the meaning of the Arthur Ashe quote, "From what we get, we make a living; what we give,
however, makes a life."

Contest participants were asked to write an essay on the meaning of the Arthur Ashe quote, "From what we get, we make a living; what we give,
however, makes a life."

Arthur Ashe broke barriers both on and off the court as a social activist and three-time Grand Slam champion, the first African American male to win a
Grand Slam tournament. He took on issues such as racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid, and youth education, and one of his many legacies includes the
National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network of youth serving organizations that provides tennis and education for all.

Founded in 1969 by Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder, the NJTL has more than 520 registered chapters/programs throughout the nation and
200,000 participants aged 6?. NJTL providers share similar values, ideals, and goals by:

* reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play tennis;
* instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence; and
* giving all kids (regardless of income, race, gender) the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a life time of enjoyment from the

NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming and educational and life-skill components designed to enhance a player's
curriculum is offered at little or no cost to the participant.

Florida's MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, a NJTL provider in Jacksonville, was last year's national NJTL of the Year.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Laura Augustin can't stop beaming when she talks about her recent trip to New York City.

The 10-year-old Delray Beach resident was named one of 10 national winners of the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest, and she, along with the other
winners, received a free trip to New York City.

The contest is put together by the U.S. Tennis Association and the National Junior Tennis and Learning network. This year's winners ranged in age
from 10 to 18. Laura was the winner in the 10-and-under category.

Participants wrote an essay about an Arthur Ashe quote: "From what we get, we make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."

Ashe was a social activist and a three-time Grand Slam tennis champion. He was the first black man to win a Grand Slam tournament.

In the 11-year history of the essay contest, Laura is the second winner from Florida.

She remembers when her mother told her the good news.

"I was clueless, and then all of a sudden I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I won,''" said Laura, who is a fifth-grader at Crosspointe Elementary School.

She is passionate about tennis and has been playing with her parents for a few years.

She participated in the Delray Beach Tennis Patrons' summer program at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The nonprofit organization works to provide
affordable tennis opportunities to local children who might not otherwise get the chance.

As part of the program, the children must write an essay for the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest, said Linda Lieberman, the program coordinator.

"I'm thrilled about Laura," she said. "She's the first person from this area to win the national contest."

Since Laura was named a winner,
Vince Spadea, a tennis pro who went to Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, has offered to give Laura tennis

In addition to her passion for tennis, Laura loves to write. She hopes to become a famous writer or a professional tennis player.

At the end of August, she and her mother, Guerline Duvelsaint, flew to New York. The contest provided them with round-trip airfare, two nights' lodging
at a hotel, tickets to Disney's The Little Mermaid on Broadway and President's Box tickets to Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, which was the official kickoff for the
2009 U.S. Open.

Laura also received a plaque and attended an awards luncheon hosted by the first black mayor of New York, David Dinkins.

It was Laura's first trip to New York, and she's sure it won't be her last.

"I think I'm going to be a city girl," she said. "It's so interesting and there's so much to do. No wonder New York doesn't sleep."

Her favorite part of the trip was seeing Serena Williams and the Statue of Liberty.

It was also Duvelsaint's first time in the Big Apple, and although she had a ton of fun with her daughter, she said that the trip served a greater purpose.

"It showed her that when you do good in life, you get rewarded," Duvelsaint said.

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