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Tennis Camp Scholarship Awarded to Columbia Area Junior

March 27, 2008 01:33 PM

Jade Gutzler has struggled against adversity for much of her promising young life. When she started playing tennis at three, Jade learned to play with a two handed backhand and forehand. Her mother says when Jade was in her "little outfits and with her little racquet" she looked like a little Monica Seles. Sadly Jade was forced to give up the game when family struggles pulled her from the court as her family was torn apart. Her mother, Sabrina, worked to help maintain a stable environment for Jade, but unfortunately tennis fell by the wayside.

When Sabrina heard that USTA South Carolina was offering the chance for a junior player to receive a scholarship to a tennis camp, she entered Jade into the drawing. Sabrina hoped that if Jade won the scholarship that it would help provide a bright spot to Jade's senior year of high school. USTA South Carolina awarded the scholarship based on the entree's economic need, struggles against adversity and the impact that the scholarship could make on the player's life. As the committee read over the entries one section caught their eye, "Her love for tennis has turned into a bitter memory... and it represents her past life. Please remind Jade of a life free of worries and responsibilities even for just a period of time while she is with you there at the Tennis camp." Her mother's impassioned plea to give her daughter a reprieve from the stress of her last summer before she moves on to college helped win the committee's endorsement. When Sabrina heard that Jade won, she was speechless. Sabrina was elated that her daughter had been chosen and confided that she had not told Jade as she wanted it to be a surprise.

Jade Gutzler camp scholarship recipient

USTA South Carolina is happy to be able to provide assistance to a junior whose situation may prevent them from enjoying the game of a lifetime, tennis. We want to thank Chuck Kriese of Clemson University for helping make this possible through his donation of the scholarship in exchange for promoting his camp.