Shriners Charity Tennis By Nisha Rajamohan (IMG) 2015
My name is Nisha Rajamohan and I am a senior at IMG Academy, Florida where I play tennis. This year, I wanted to organize a charity tennis tournament on April 26th 2015 at IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida. All the proceeds will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a non-profit organization established in 1920. Twenty- two of these hospitals have been established across North America. Shriners Hospital specializes in treating children under18 with any orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip, and cleft palate. The unique aspect of Shriners is they provide services to children regardless of their parent's ability to pay. Shriners also provides education to medical professionals and conducts research to discover new technologies that improve quality of life for children with debilitating conditions.
Shriners Hospitals are significant to me because I am a Shriner's patient and have been experiencing their kind services first-hand. I was born without a full right arm, a condition called "lower limb reduction". Without Shriners help and motivation, all aspects of my life would have been incredibly tough and painful. Shriners provides me with a prosthetic arm that I wear all day long and play tennis with as well. Without the prosthetic arm, I cannot serve or hit a decent backhand. I probably would not be as confident about anything in life as I am now. Even though the Hospital's goal was to simply give me an arm, they gave me motivation to be successful ever since I was six months old. I constantly compete in USTA tournaments and practice every day. Recently, Connecticut Channel 3 TV station had a news video featuring my accomplishments and my dedication to Shriners Hospitals for Children. (http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10172426#.U3bn E48T_ak.twitter).
Last year on August 16th, 2014, I organized the same tournament with kind support from sponsors such as Babolat, Nike, Penn, Dime Bank, and various other small businesses and we raised around $5,000 for Shriners Hospitals. We had a great turnout (> 60 players) and every one had a great time at the event. Shriners Hospitals was incredibly grateful and proud that I could do the tournament for them and I want to keep the tradition again this year at a new place.
With the charity tournament, I would like to show my appreciation towards Shriners Hospitals. We would sincerely appreciate it if your corporation would consider supporting our cause and sponsor this tournament. Not only will the money go to the hospital, but it will also provide courage and motivation to thousands of kids like me, making them realize that anything is possible if they put their minds to it. This tournament will also hopefully raise awareness of Shriners Hospitals and encourage them to create more hospitals and help more kids around the world. Together we are transforming the lives and building brighter futures, but without you it just wouldn't be possible. Thank you so much for your support. Should you have any questions or require additional information, I can be reached at 860 941 9687.