Tennis Prodigy and Hope of American Men Homeschooled by His Mom

20 06 2007

Coming Sunday in the NYT:

Prodigy’s End: Donald Young”

” . . .When their only child showed an early gift for the sport, the
Youngs were well aware of the sacrifices, financial and otherwise, that
they would have to make to see him reach his potential. Beginning in
seventh grade, Young was home-schooled by Illona — she is also a
certified teacher — to accommodate a heavy traveling schedule that you
don’t see as often in more school-oriented and seasonal sports like
football and baseball. The United States Tennis Association contributed
yearly grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, but they weren’t enough.
“You take a kid like Donald, who had a hefty travel schedule, and you’re
looking at $30,000 to $40,000 in expenses,” Rodney Harmon, director of
the U.S.T.A.’s men’s-tennis program, says. “Plus, you have to double
that, since he’s too young to travel on his own.” . . .



One response

7 06 2009
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