Rafael Rovira HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
NorCal Staff | September 14, 2017
I want to make them feel welcome.
Solano Community College Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach Rafael Rovira has been serving the Solano community for three years.
A Puerto Rico native who moved to Venezuela in his teens, Rafael came to the U.S. at 14 years old.
With a 26% Hispanic population in Solano, Rafael saw a need he could fill as only a few Hispanic people in the U.S. play tennis. “I want to make them feel welcome and make them feel like they belong on the court, which they do,” Rafael said.
“With a 10U Red ball program twice a week, I’m able to teach them the basics, so I can introduce them to the H.I.T.S. Red Ball JTT program I’m starting this summer.”
For Rafael, one of his goals is to serve the Hispanic underserved community and show them that this is a sport they can play.
His role as an Assistant Coach, as a Co-Director of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Men’s Pro Challenge in October, allows him to expose that community to tennis through play days he has hosted, implementing programs in Fairfield and Benicia by starting at the base and following them through their college years. ADVERTISEMENT