Hispanic Heritage Month: Edgar Lazcano
Community Services Coordinator for West Texas (South), Edgar Lazcano has seen tennis grow from the ground up. Having been a part of tennis as a player, a school coach and club tennis pro, Lazcano now works to help share the sport in West Texas. Based in Midland, Texas, Edgar is also the program coordinator for School Team Tennis.
Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Edgar's father introduced him to racquet sports but he says he didn't begin playing tennis regularly until his freshman year of high school. He said he always felt at home on the tennis court - it was a safe place and refuge when other things in his life were tumultuous. Edgar's tennis racquet took him to college as he played for three years (2011-2014) at the Universty of Texas - Permian Basin. He chose to work in the tennis industry becuase of the strong community he felt both on and around the courts.
Edgar Lazcano reflects on his own tennis journey and the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Q: What is your role at USTA Texas?
EL: I am the community services coordinator for West Texas (South). I also have a program called School Team Tennis so that will encompass the whole state of Texas. What I do is I build connections between the USTA and our communities whether it be getting resources for Boys and Girls Clubs, The Y or any type of community based program that wants to get racquets into the hands of anybody that wants to play. Also for schools wether they need resources for PE or anything to help with their tennis curriculum, I’m their go-to guy.
Q: What does Hispanic heritage mean to you?
EL: It is the way of doing things. It is the celebrations. It is the tiny ways of showing our culture to others and it is how we keep the past alive in order to teach it to our future generations. We don’t want everybody doing the same things and cultures are important, heritages are important. It is important to keep those so that we can show the future generations ‘this is the way we are and this is why we are that way’ and it’s a good positive thing to show everybody our culture.
Q: What is something that stands out in your tennis journey?
EL: I think it’s the diversity of the people that I’ve been able to meet. From point A to point B - from having a high school team that had a lot of Hispanic kids, to working at a tennis club that has quite the diverse group and everything in between. It has shaped a lot of what I do in tennis and it is very encouraging for our area and for the future of Texas tennis.
Q: What would you like people to know about the Hispanic community?
EL: It is LIVELY. It has spice. It has flavor. Everything is a cause for celebration and I absolutely love that. It can go from zero to 60 quickly just celebrating a birthday or achievement, or something that someone has done. Everybody shares a lot of love and they are there for each other, especially that family aspect. They are a very tight unit in the Hispanic community.
HHM 2021: Edgar LazcanoOctober 13, 2021Community Services Coordinator for West Texas (South), Edgar Lazcano has seen tennis grow from the ground up. Having been a part of tennis as a player, a school coach and club tennis pro, Lazcano now works to help share the sport in West Texas. He reflects on his own tennis journey and the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Read More