MACY ROSE SELECTED AS NATIVE AMERICAN SCHOLAR ATHLETE LEADERSHIP GRANT RECIPIENT
March 20, 2017
Santa Fe's Macy Rose was recently selected as a USTA Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant award winner for 2017.
The 13-year-old Rose is currently the No. 17 ranked girl in USTA Southwest Girls 14 and under rankings. She won the Lobo Tennis Club Winter Junior Open L6 and the Jerry Cline Junior Open last fall, and recently capture the women's open title at the USTA Southwest Indoor Championships.
She began playing tennis just over five years ago at Shellaberger Tennis Center in Santa Fe.
Requirements for the USTA Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant were 1) American Indian or Alaska Native heritage, and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment, 2) applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher 3) letters of recommendation are required, and 4) a brief, type-written essay about how the game of tennis has impacted their life as well as future competitive tennis aspirations.ADVERTISEMENT
The award Rose earned is a $750 grant for tennis training expenses, that could include travel, developmental lessons, facility usage, apparel and tennis supplies.
Macy Rose comes from a charmed tennis background. Her mother Wahlesah, is a former college tennis player at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and community leader in tribal (Cherokee) politics. Wahlesah has been a section and national-level volunteer for the USTA for almost 10 years. Her father Eric Rose, is the owner and director of tennis at Shellaberger Tennis Center.
Despite her young age, Macy Rose has squeezed a lot of tennis knowledge into her young body already. She's become something of a mentor and inspiration for young Native children in Santa Fe, at the behest of her mother. The younger Rose began teaching tennis lessons to Native kids younger than her just before she even reached 10 years old, and has been a presenter of tennis for the National Indian Education Association.
She's also learning the ropes of running and managing a tennis facility from father, Eric, picking up tons of pointers both on and off the court from the facility's pros, and from the numerous camps and clinics the facility runs.
USTA National offers grants/financial support for players of diverse tennis backgrounds that include the Multicultural Individual Player Grant, the Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant (African American male), the Althea Gibson Leadership Grant (African American female), the Pancho Gonzales Scholar Athlete Grant (Mexican-American), and the Native American Scholar Athlete Grant (Native American).
For more information on these USTA Diversity and Inclusion grants, please visit the link HERE.