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Essay Contest Trip to U.S. Open for Charleston Girl

August 30, 2005 02:06 PM

COLUMBIA SC – Chelsea Middlebrook of Charleston received an all-expense-paid trip to the U.S. Open in New York City as a winner in the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. The trip by the 13-year-old student at Charleston's School of the Arts and her mother, Melicent Middlebrook, included attending "Kid's Day" at Arthur Ashe Stadium, a tour of the American Museum of Natural History; dinner in Times Square and tickets for the first day of tournament play at the Open Monday.

Chelsea participates in the Charleston area “Courting Kids” Inner City Youth Tennis program and was awarded the trip by the USTA Southern section. The USTA annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest is open to children across the country.

“Courting Kids,” under the coordination of Delores Jackson, is a program of the City of Charleston’s Recreation Department.  Starting in 1992 with a grant obtained through the Paul Newman Foundation for $12,000, their goal is to provide inner city youth the opportunity to learn and compete in tennis.

For more information on the Courting Kids program available in the spring, summer and fall, contact the City of Charleston Recreation Department, 30 Mary Murray Drive, Charleston, SC 29403 or phone 843-724-7402.