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Grass Roots Tennis for the Virgin Islands

Dear Source:

My name is John Wilkins. I am the former #1 player from Virgin Islands and the Captain for the US Virgin Islands Davis Cup Team. I am a former national college champion here on the mainland United States, both as a player and as a coach. I played on the ATP professional tennis tour for several years. I am so happy to see life being brought back to tennis in the Virgin Islands by our first lady Mrs. DeJongh. I myself am a product of a tennis grass roots program. Mr. Cecil Phillips and Mr. Alden Richards took me under their wing and allowed me to do extra work around their tennis courts for private lessons. I got my start in a grass roots program that allowed me opportunities I doubt would have been possible otherwise.
The major thing to understand what Mrs. DeJongh and the parks committee are doing for the Virgin Islands, is giving opportunity to children to have a choice and a positive outlet, not just for the moment, but also for a better life.
I currently live in Miami Florida. I have my own tennis club now, where I host my own grass roots program for underprivileged children. I work with college, professional and Davis Cup players not only from the Virgin Islands, but also Puerto Rico. I am a native of St. Thomas. I am always interested in helping the growth of the tennis in the Virgin Islands and wish to work more closely with Mrs. DeJongh and the parks committee in doing so.
John Wilkins
Miami, Florida

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Dear Source:

My name is John Wilkins. I am the former #1 player from Virgin Islands and the Captain for the US Virgin Islands Davis Cup Team. I am a former national college champion here on the mainland United States, both as a player and as a coach. I played on the ATP professional tennis tour for several years. I am so happy to see life being brought back to tennis in the Virgin Islands by our first lady Mrs. DeJongh. I myself am a product of a tennis grass roots program. Mr. Cecil Phillips and Mr. Alden Richards took me under their wing and allowed me to do extra work around their tennis courts for private lessons. I got my start in a grass roots program that allowed me opportunities I doubt would have been possible otherwise.
The major thing to understand what Mrs. DeJongh and the parks committee are doing for the Virgin Islands, is giving opportunity to children to have a choice and a positive outlet, not just for the moment, but also for a better life.
I currently live in Miami Florida. I have my own tennis club now, where I host my own grass roots program for underprivileged children. I work with college, professional and Davis Cup players not only from the Virgin Islands, but also Puerto Rico. I am a native of St. Thomas. I am always interested in helping the growth of the tennis in the Virgin Islands and wish to work more closely with Mrs. DeJongh and the parks committee in doing so.
John Wilkins
Miami, Florida

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to visource@gmail.com.