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All of his life, Jacob Poole has done the “right thing.” When Jacob was eight years old, he joined Smart Activities for Fitness and Education (S.A.F.E.) and was already a good student at John Hanson Montessori School. Jacob practiced regularly, maintained good grades, and at 11 years old won the Boys 12U Jack Shore Tennis Tournament in McClean, VA. He got the attention of several tennis pros, but as always, Jacob got back to work both on and off the court. Jacob became a leader at S.A.F.E. as other youth saw his commitment to hard work . . . to practice . . . to doing the small things every day to get better. On the court, he was dominant, but off the court, he was humble, polite, and did everything the “right way.”

 

At 16, Jacob won the WCAC Catholic Schools Tennis title as a sophomore at DeMatha Catholic High School, beating out competition much older than he. While doing this, he maintained a 3.0 GPA and was still active in S.A.F.E., now assisting younger children. He modeled doing the “right thing” and showed that every day, consistent hard work was a recipe for success in tennis and life.

 

This summer, Jacob entered a tennis tournament sponsored by Piney Run Sports Club of Washington, DC. Jacob won the tournament, again catching the attention of several tennis pros. The following week Jacob received a scholarship and was invited to attend the Rafa Nadal Academy USA held at Aspen Hill Tennis Club, Silver Spring, MD. As always, Jacob excelled and has now been invited to attend Rafa Nadal’s High-Performance Junior Program held in Barcelona and Mallorca, Spain, from November 18-27, 2022.

 

At this camp, Jacob will face some of the best international tennis talents in the world . . . actually, they will face Jacob . . . and we do not doubt that some of the top tennis pros in the world will see the phenomenal athlete and young man that Jacob is. We are doing all we can to ensure that Jacob gets the opportunity to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but we will need your help.

 

The cost to send Jacob and a chaperone (Coach Henry) to the Rafa Nadal High-Performance Junior Program will be approximately $12,000. We’ve already begun but need to raise at least $6,000 by August 24, 2022, and the remaining $6,000 by September 24, 2022. His entire life, Jacob has done the “right thing”. Help us do the “right thing” by getting Jacob to Spain. All those that contribute, Jacob will share photos and videos of his experience, as well as updates on his progress. We are very proud of Jacob and ask that you join us in investing in the future of this remarkable young man.

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