EVERY GIFT COUNTS!!
WHY YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS CRITICAL
Today, we need more than ever to address the necessity of implementing youth programs to support the development and inclusion of the young generation.
Sport has the power to unify, empower and teach... It's transformative power is an invaluable aspect of any childhood.
The reality for today’s youth includes a lack of access to quality education; high rates of unemployment; and huge numbers of people suffering from poverty, political non-engagement and poor environmental health. The consequences of inaction are far reaching. We can make a difference… United in our efforts
Our goal is to keep young people in school and active in positive programs with mentors, effectively encouraging students to be engaged in personal growth and community development.
HAT FUND PROGRAMS
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: JOHN LUTAAYA
Below is the story of the ongoing journey of one of the HF kids
JOHN started playing tennis in 2009 under the ITF Development Program… An initiative focused on offering children living among the slums in Kampala, Uganda the chance of a lifetime.
After a year of hard work and dedication to both sport and academics, John was awarded a scholarship that included both academics and tennis at the Malezi School and Sadili Tennis Academy in Kenya. “My first year I played nationals. I was ranked #3 in singles and #1 in doubles over the next three consecutive years!” John proudly recalls.
Unfortunately, Uganda was dropped from the ITF Development Program due to membership debts.
John’s life prospects faced new challenges. He was only able to visit home once a year because the expense was too great. “I could not get help with schooling, food and clothing," However, John would not give up...
Sadili recommended John for a scholarship at an Academy in South Carolina. This offered John new hope to fufill his dream of attending college. William Blick, Pres. of the Uganda Olympic Committee had taken notice of John. Mr. Blick set to work raising funds to allow John to travel to the U.S. to train and look for opportunities to continue his education.
After 3 months of training in South Carolina John found his time in the U.S. coming to an end a coach placed a call to Ryan Segelke, Founder and CEO, of High Altitude Tennis,LLC in Colorado to ask his friend if he could help. Ryan called his wife, Leslie Segelke, founder of The HAT FUND, and John found himself on a plane to Colorado.
John arrived at HAT and began an intensive study and training program. Through hard work and determination along with the help of HF and it's partners John is now a Sophomore at McMinnville College in Oregon and is extremely grateful for this opportunity of a lifetime!
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO INFLUENCE AND DEFEND A YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE TODAY!