I was really surprised and happy when I found out I won. It had been a few weeks after I had wrote the essay and I was so preoccupied with playing tennis and doing summer work that I had forgot about it.
While I was there, Mr. Frias (the organizer) tried his best on the first day to give us the “New York Experience”. We ate “New York style” pizza and rode a tour bus that took us to all the major attractions around Times Square like the Grand Central Station. The second day, we went to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and participated in activities, watched pros play, and attended musical performances at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. We also went to a Met’s game. On the third day, we conversed with winners of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association contest, who encouraged us to play tennis in college.
Did you meet any interesting people?
Yes, while we were at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, we got to meet Mrs. Michelle Obama. She was very nice. I also sat with Mrs. Billie Jean King and Mrs. Jeanne Ashe and ate at a luncheon with the former Honorable Mayor David Dinkins. Everybody that went on the trip with me was really friendly. The people from the USTA that accompanied us were really great, like Mr. Greg Frias, Mr. Dan F Limbago, Mrs. Karin Buchholz, and Mrs. Barbara Wynne.
Did you get to play any tennis while you were there?
Yes, we participated in the tennis activities at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. There were obstacle courses and target practice. The lines were too long for some other activities, like hitting with a pro.
What was your favorite part of the trip?
My favorite part was going to Arthur Ashe Stadium. I have never been to the US open and it was a unique experience watching the performance from the president suite. It was so luxurious, but it was crowded.