You wouldn’t expect to find a 4th grade boy with cerebral palsy on the tennis court, but that’s exactly where Jose Luna is these days. Starting weekly lessons two months ago, the Palmetto Elementary School child couldn’t hit the ball.
Now, after just two months of instruction from the Hugo Armando Tennis company in Bradenton, Florida, he’s made incredible progress.
As his coach explained,”To put the smile on his face, to see him have fun, that’s what this is about. I don’t care if he hits the ball. The main thing is to see him smile.”
His mom, a single, unemployed woman, had an anonymous friend arrange and pay for the lessons. As his mom, Miriam Vazquez, said, “I feel good there are people out there who do care about kids like Jose and are willing to help, give them a chance. Seeing him enjoying this does my heart good.”
No one expects the boy to become a tennis pro or a prospect, like many of the 16-18 students at the Hugo Armando Tennis company will be. They want him to gain confidence and to feel that he isn’t limited in his life choices.
And so far, they’ve succeeded in their mission with this one little boy.