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Tennis Book Spotlight - The Kid From Courage
August 6, 2004 11:31 AM
Have you heard the remarkable story of Bryan Berry, a junior from our very own USTA/Missouri Valley Section? Are you aware of how he did himself—and our Section—proud by turning in an incredible performance at the Junior National Championships at Kalamazoo?
Before you waste your time searching our sectional rankings for the name Bryan Berry, we should tell you something: Bryan is not a real person. He is, however, the hero of The Kid from Courage, a great book that the USTA/Missouri Valley Section is proud to recommend for juniors, parents, and anyone who enjoys tennis. Like real-life former Missouri Valley circuit players Andy Roddick, Jimmy Connors, and Jenny Hopkins (who is currently ranked #118 on the WTA tour), Bryan’s quest to make his dreams come true is inspiring and uplifting.
Bryan Berry is a hard-working, determined junior player who lives in the fictional town of Courage, Kansas. Dreams of tennis stardom seem remote, as does the opportunity to compete at the legendary National Championships at Kalamazoo. But after a twist of fate pairs him with Henry Johnson, a retired old tennis coach, a life-changing journey begins. So does a loyal and enduring friendship that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer loudly for The Kid from Courage.
This book has received tremendous reviews, along with positive feedback from coaches, players, and parents. Check out this comment from Brad Gilbert, Andy Roddick’s famous coach: “As a player, coach, and dad, I enthusiastically recommend ‘The Kid from Courage’ for the junior tennis player in your family.” Need we say more?
But it gets even better. The Kid from Courage is published by a company named Scobre Press, which is donating a portion of sales made by individuals in the USTA/Missouri Valley Section to the Missouri Valley Tennis Foundation. The Missouri Valley Tennis Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and adults, people with disabilities, and others with special needs, through tennis and education programs that are based on health, fitness, character building and self-improvement.
So please support tennis in your communities by buying a copy—and give the gift of this terrific tennis book to your son, your daughter, your friend…or to yourself! To obtain your copy, please click on the link below, and then click the “order now” link above and to the right of the description: