December 18, 2018
Grear, Trinity

Three Mid-Atlantic teens, Trinity Grear, Amir Carter and Alvaro Pedrazza, have been awarded 2018 junior tournament player scholarships from USTA Mid-Atlantic in the second cycle of funding.


USTA Mid-Atlantic provides scholarships to support highly competitive junior players in need to ensure they continue to gain experience, achieve goals, practice sportsmanship and build character – all skills that can benefit junior players well beyond their years on the court.


Scholarships from USTA Mid-Atlantic are awarded in two categories: Diversity & Inclusion and High-Performance, and are meant to help families pay for costs associated with tournaments and high-performance competition.


Trinity Grear, High-Performance junior tournament player scholarship recipient, has traveled throughout the United States and South America playing tennis events. ADVERTISEMENT As a player ranked in the top 50 nationally for the second year in a row, he is quick to say “pursuing my dream of tennis has already opened more doors than I would have imagined.”


Grear, who left track, football, and basketball behind for tennis, has been training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) since the age of 10. In his scholarship application essay, he said “what I love about tennis is that it is an individual sport, being out on the court by myself, being able to problem solve” and then adding “I also love the game of tennis because I get to travel and spend time with my friends.”


Amir Carter, an athlete training out of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) in Washington, DC, is the recipient of the Diversity & Inclusion player scholarship. Carter not only competes in USTA tournaments, but is also a USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) player. 


“I can’t say enough about Amir. He is a fine young man that has tremendous work ethic both on and off the court” writes WTEF Director of External Relations, Ronnie Goodall. “He has volunteered with me at multiple WTEF events and I also had the pleasure of coaching him on a JTT team.”


Amir credits his brother, Mikeal Carpenter, for the inspiration to play tennis.  “I started playing tennis because my big brother played and I always had to sit and watch him and that made me want to play too…I like to have my family there with me because we can all be together and hang out and have fun.”


Alvaro Pedraza, High-Performance junior tournament player scholarship recipient, has been training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center since the age of five. He has reached a career high of #1 in Mid-Atlantic and #32 in the United States in Boys 14.


“He has not only reached great results on the court, but has also been the recipient of Sportsmanship Awards at the National Clay Court Boys 12 event,” said Ben Cappuccitti, senior coach and Director of Competition at the JTCC. “We are also proud to say that Alvaro is active in giving back by being a consistent participant in several community outreach events organized by the JTCC in the Washington DC area schools.”


In his scholarship application essay on why he loves tennis, Alvaro highlights the character built, friends made, the fun he has on the court and the “coaches and mentors who have become family.”


As a non-profit organization dedicated to both the players and the game, USTA Mid-Atlantic is committed to making tennis the most accessible sport in the region and is proud to offer junior tournament players scholarship opportunities. In the last five years, we have awarded $25,000 in scholarships to junior players to ensure there are no boundaries to gaining the benefits of tennis.


In 2018, USTA Mid-Atlantic is proud to support five athletes with junior player scholarships, including these players and others from the first round of awards. In an effort to make tennis the most accessible and played sport in the Mid-Atlantic, we look forward to continuing to support young athletes into 2019, but need help.


If you would like to support our scholarship program and help us provide more awards to junior tennis athletes, donate to USTA Mid-Atlantic before the end of the year


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