WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team hosted 22 kids from the Newport News based “An Achievable Dream Academy” (AADA) school as part of the USTA Virginia Wheelchair Tennis Open on Nov. 1 at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Tribe also took part in the event’s Run and Roll Tennis Challenge to kick off the weekend on Oct. 30.

During the tournament, the children from AADA served as ball kids, before being given a tennis mini-extravaganza by the men’s tennis program on Sunday. Members of the W&M squad took part in interactive games with the kids, and Tribe head coach Peter Daub shared life skills on the importance of goals, good social interaction and team play.

“The kids had priceless fun, and the interactions they had today will live long in their hearts and minds,” Donald Widener, the AADA ball kids coach, said. “Thanks to the W&M Tribe tennis team, what the kids received from giving is that no good deed goes unrewarded goes along way as positive citizens of our great state."

An Achievable Dream is a unique partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the local business community to give students who are at risk of failure in school due to socioeconomic factors a chance to succeed. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are offered a quality education in a nurturing environment as well as the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults.