EASTON, Conn. Christopher Bravo Ibanez, of Easton, shared a smiled and a handshake recently with Allen, of Sunnydaes ice cream shop on Black Rock Turnpike. Allen has donated a brand new tennis racket to " Christopher's Racquet" -- a charity that was established to send rackets and other tennis equipment to the Victoria Tennis Academy in Kisumu, Kenya. The academy is located in one of the most desolate areas of Kenya.
Christophers tennis pro, Nobby, is from Kenya and grew up in a poor slum. After much hard work and determination, Nobby became the top tennis player for Kenya. He was known in his country as Simba, played in the Davis Cup and is currently the pro at the Tennis Club of Trumbull. Nobby often speaks of his childhood -- food was a luxury and the basic necessities in life were lacking. Life is still filled with despair, but the Victoria Tennis Academy is a place hope for the youth of this village.
When Christopher researched the area online, he was upset when he saw pictures of children his own age playing tennis without shoes and with rackets with large holes. The children were all smiling and looked incredibly happy.
Christopher's warm heart and love of tennis motivated him to create Christopher's Racquet. In two short weeks, 14 rackets have been donated. He is confident that in Fairfield County, he can spread the word and help the children at the academy enjoy the game that he also loves. Christopher has been playing tennis since he was 3 and is an avid player at the Tennis Club of Trumbull. He is a member of the USTA and is training for the high school tennis team. He will be 11 years old this August. Please visit Christopher's Racquet on Facebook and "like" his page. If you have any donations to help his organization, email Cibanez12@yahoo.com or call 203-339-1847.
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