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Please help us raise money to help improve and renovate the Berkeley Park Tennis Courts in memory of Alex Rovello.

Hi, for those of you who do not know me, my name is Sho Higuchi. I am a former tennis player for University of Oregon Men’s tennis team. I am writing this message for Alex Rovello. I am organizing this fundraiser on behalf of everyone who had known Alex. I would like to provide an opportunity to remember him as a friend, family, and a great tennis player by renovating and improving the tennis courts where he grew up playing.

Every athlete knows how a sport had changed his or her life. My life would have been completely different if it was not for tennis. I would not have moved to the United States when I was a teenager, and I certainly would not have been part of UO Men’s tennis team and refer to them as my brothers. If it was not for tennis, none of us on the UO Men’s tennis team would have met because we are from completely different parts of the world. But we did choose to play the sport, and we did meet. I am so thankful for the sport and everyone I met along the way including Alex Rovello, and I would not have spent the last decade in any other way.

A few weeks ago at the memorial, Jim and Geri, Alex’s mom and dad, came to me and my teammates and thanked us for being on the UO tennis team with him and told us how much we meant to him. They are absolutely incredible people with such big hearts, and their kindness and love were well reflected in their son. I would like to give them back my appreciation by facilitating this fundraiser and achieve their new goal that they found, which is to make improvements to Berkeley Park Tennis Courts in Portland where Alex perfected his two forehands.

I am sure that Alex will be very proud if one day, the kids from his neighborhood who grew up playing in the Alex Rovello Berkeley Park Tennis Courts made it to the US Open. But more importantly, we can change someone’s life forever through tennis as it did for many of us. This is a great way to remember and pass on his legacy. Please donate whatever amount you can, and pass on the message.

Thank you,

Sho Higuchi
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