A youthful Vernon tennis phenom met the game’s sovereignty at the U.S. Open when she got a $10,000 scholarship from as a matter of fact tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Leena Bennetto, 18, was one of two beneficiaries of the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Scholarship, controlled by the USTA Foundation.
Lord, champ of 39 thousand pummel titles during her profession, introduced the honors at the U.S. Open competition in New York.
Ivy Wilson of Jenks, Okla., was the other beneficiary.
“Ivy and Leena are both bright young leaders who are committed to being champions in life,” said King.
Bennetto was selected by Princeton University, where she is playing for its tennis crew this fall. She experienced childhood in Vernon, going to Vernon Secondary School, and prepared at Predator Ridge.
As the highest level junior in British Columbia and No. 9 in Canada’s under-18 positions, Bennetto has addressed Canada at the World Junior Championships and won a few ITF junior titles. She is a full-time player in the Tennis Canada National Junior Program and has won the Canadian Junior Nationals Sportsmanship Award multiple times.
“I am so impressed with their maturity, perseverance, and dedication to overcoming challenges to excel in both academics and tennis,” said Dan Faber, executive director of the USTA Foundation.
The scholarship is named out of appreciation for Tracey Donnelly Maltby and Diane Donnelly Stone, who alongside their dad, Bud Donnelly, all played Division I university tennis while living with the difficulties of Type 1 diabetes.
Bennetto is additionally a Type 1 diabetic, however hasn’t let that lethargic her schooling or her sports.
She has been an individual from the Tennis Canada public group since 2014 and positioned No. 1 in British Columbia in U14, U16, and U18 rivalry. She’s as of now positioned No. 9 in Canada among U18s.
She has been positioned as high as No. 211 in the ITF World Juniors.
Her dad, Murray, a nearby real estate agent, said he’s justifiably glad for his little girl.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than Billie Jean King,” he said … “and to receive the award at the U.S. Open.”
Murray went to New York to be there as Leena get the honor.
“Billie Jean King has been a big advocate for equality and women’s sports. It was a big honor.”