To Whom It May Concern,
My passion for tennis began at the young age of 6. I have always dreamed of becoming a champion, and this is the sport that has given me the opportunity to showcase the special talent that God has given me. I won my first tournament at the age of 8. I now have a national ranking in the USTA 18 and under, even though I’m only 14. I plan to play only ITF level tournaments after this fall in hopes of getting into some professional satellite events. My character, work ethic, determination and love of the game have been the foundation of my success and fuel my desire to continue to improve when times get hard. I also feel that the foundation that I’ve learned from training hard in tennis has helped be become an excellent student. Even though I train an average of 30 hours of week, I still made all A’s and one B last semester. It’s tough most days, but I’ve learned at an early age to do whatever I need to do in order to continue my dream of playing at a top college program and then being successful on the WTA tour.
Tennis is very expensive, and requires many personal sacrifices. In 2007, at the age of 7, I was identified by USTA talent scouts and offered an opportunity to participate in a high performance junior development program in Atlanta, GA. My mom, dad and younger sister Lelah, made the sacrifice to move from my hometown of Greensboro, NC to move to Atlanta, GA My parents found jobs and uprooted our family just for me and that’s why I work so hard.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been receiving help from the National Tennis Foundation towards my training and tournament travel expenses. Rem and Trevor have also helped me indirectly, by mentoring me and giving me insight on how best to navigate through the process. I’m fortunate to have had a lot of help from different sponsors, from Wilson Sporting Goods, to COAN Tennis Association, to Sam Kennedy and South Fulton Tennis Center. With all that being said, there is no way my family could afford to keep me out here living my dream without the help of the National Tennis Foundation. I work hard every day to be a good ambassador for the Foundation and hope to one day be one of the success stories on the WTA Tour.
I’m just a regular 14-year-old girl with big dreams. I enjoy watching movies, talking on the phone with my friends, and playing with my little sister. My coaches tell me that I have the work ethic, talent and size to make it to the WTA tour, as long as I keep working hard. It’s hard for my mom and dad to keep things going, but they always tell me to focus on working hard on the court and keep my grades up and God will make a way for me. So that’s what I do. I chose to believe and I am prepared to make the sacrifice.
Morgan Simone White
“…there is no way my family could afford to keep me out here living my dream without the help of the National Tennis Foundation. I work hard every day to be a good ambassador for the Foundation and hope to one day be one of the success stories on the WTA Tour.” Morgan Simone White