In a country where basic education is not free and many families struggle to afford school fees, OTA serves as a lifeline to the 40 kids at our Souza Center who receive not only tennis instruction, but also scholarships, room and board. With access to a quality education and opportunities to excel on the courts, these kids are firmly on the road to success.
But with new opportunities come new challenges. The schools our Souza kids attend are often too far away to walk, not to mention the logistics of traveling for tournaments. For years we have relied on secondhand SUV’s to transport the kids. With limited seating capacity and over 400,000 miles each, these SUV’s often break down, leaving students and staff stranded at the side of busy and dangerous roads. And maintaining and repairing these imported American vehicles eats away at precious time and resources.