12-year-old Baltimore student Jimmy Magee is on a mission. The Boys’ Latin School team player has teamed up with the charity Kids Play for Good to host a round-robin doubles tournament on Father’s Day in Baltimore to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research.
Magee, who is the son of Boys’ Latin head tennis coach and Tennis East Coast contributor James Magee, is already an accomplished player in his own right, enjoying statewide success at the Boy’s 12s level.
Tennis East Coast asked Kids Play For Good Founder Lynn Morrell for a few thoughts on the organization and on Jimmy Magee as an Ambassador for KPFG in his Rally For Parkinson’s.
Rather than describe her organization, she spoke only of Jimmy and Parkinson’s. It quickly became clear that Morrell has a compassionate vision, and that without her infectious enthusiasm and her organizational genius, none of this would have been possible. Morrell’s tremendous efforts in mentoring young people make the world a better place, one Ambassador at a time.
“It warms our hearts to know that Jimmy is using the sport he knows and loves to honor his Uncle and to raise money for others who are struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. To do it on Fathers Day by teaming up with family, friends and new-found friends makes it extra special”, Morrell said.
“Jimmy is already proving to be an outstanding Ambassador for Kids Play For Good. He’s left no stone unturned getting the word out about the Rally and garnering support in whatever form it may take. To think that he’s designed and distributed a flier and contacted everyone under the sun including local media, organizations, tennis pros, and retail store owners is incredible. You name it: he’s tried it in one short week! Surprising and impressive for a kid who seems shy at heart. Clearly his shyness plays second fiddle to his earnest desire to make a difference.”
“I hope people will watch Jimmy’s video clip. It’s not your rah-rah typical video. Instead, this 12-year-old boy has a quiet poise and engaging empathy that’s truly remarkable to witness first-hand. What he says and what he doesn’t say about Parkinson’s and his Uncle Bryant’s struggle with Parkinson’s will move you to tears.”
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