Nitto ATP Finals Competitor Ram Aces Kids' Clinic In Indiana
Last month Rajeev Ram won both on and off the court. After competing in the Nitto ATP Finals for the third time, the American held the third annual EntouRaj Kids’ Clinic on 23 November, doing his part to support high school players in his home state of Indiana.
“This is our third edition of the EntouRaj kids clinic and it went off amazingly well,” Ram said. “It’s so inspiring to see these kids bring their incredible enthusiasm and energy to the court. It shows how powerful tennis and sport in general can be.”
About 50 high school players went through various drills with local coaches — as well as Ram — at the West Indy Racquet Club.
Ram launched EntouRaj for Kids in 2010, with the goal of supporting youth tennis development. The nonprofit periodically puts on special events with current and former tennis stars — as well as athletes from other sports — to raise funds, which are distributed through various grants to support those in need in their growing tennis journeys.
The EntouRaj for Kids High Performance Grant is a $1,000 award given to a junior player in the Midwest division of the United States Tennis Association who is between the ages of 14 and 18, and the EntouRaj for Kids High-School Tennis Team Grant is available to Indiana high-school tennis teams showing a need for financial support. This includes costs associated with playing on the team, such as uniforms, equipment and travel expenses.
And less than two weeks after competing against the best players in the world alongside partner Joe Salisbury, Ram gave Indiana kids an opportunity to get up close and personal with a tennis star, who finished as the highest-ranked American in doubles. Ram finished inside the year-end Top 25 for the fourth straight year.
“I hope they got as much from me as I got from them,” Ram said.