Hispanic Heritage Spotlight:
September 29, 2017
Mi cancha es su cancha. (Translation: My court is your court.)
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, USTA.com is celebrating the contributions of Latinos in American tennis. Through their strong commitment to diversity and service, the Mendez-Robles family is making a meaningful difference in the Las Vegas community.
Their journey inspired them to share the sport with those less likely to have accessibility to tennis by establishing the nonprofit TNNS Kids, a National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) program, with the goal of serving more than just a game.
Serving as a USTA ambassador and junior mentor, Bella Mendez-Robles, 11, is making a positive impact in her Las Vegas community by sharing the sport of tennis and the opportunities it brings to kids who otherwise would not have been introduced to it – and also to inspire kids to use their passions to contribute in their community. ADVERTISEMENT
For Bella, tennis is more than a game: The court is her platform to encourage young people through community outreach – by volunteering as a coach, visiting elementary schools to introduce the sport and by sharing with the next generation of greats what she has learned on her journey.
Better known as Super Amadeo, 4-year-old Amadeo armors himself with his mighty cape and serves the city of Las Vegas with a mission to empower young kids with a racquet. He descends on elementary schools to play with new friends and to show the parents that little kids can play tennis too!
With great (tennis) power comes great responsibility.