Sports have often been a way for kids to be able to overcome hardships that unfortunately sometimes they have been born into. Through hard work and determination, they are able to use their talents in a variety of sports to be able to attend college and get a better education. In some cases, they excel enough to become superstars in their sport. But in some sports, this is a more difficult task as it would seem as if there is invisible barriers between who gets to play and excel. This is due to the financial hardships of the equipment one can buy, access to coaching, and courts. In honor of the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard, we take a look at one organization that is doing its part in trying to bring Tennis to the Latin community.
Carlos Mendez is the founder of the Multicultural Tennis Association. They help bring tennis to Spanish-speaking communities by raising awareness, supporting scholarships and grants for young athletes. As well as having access to quality coaches in community programming. Their mission is to identify promising Hispanic players and aid their families by being a support system, answering questions, making equipment accessible, and waiving entry fees for tournaments. Like in King Richard, there may be the next Venus and Serena Williams out there that need a little support.
With the release of King Richard this week, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke with Carlos Mendez. During the discussion, both shared why the sport of tennis is important to them. Mendez talks about the reason why an organization like this is necessary and the things that the youth can learn from the sport. He also comments on what aspects of King Richard he enjoyed. It was a fabulous conversation that you can check out down below!
Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard will be in theaters on November 19th, 2021. As well as on HBO Max for 31 days.