Emmanuel Jallim from the PTC-ACES in New Jersey is playing this week knowing that whatever challenges he faces on the court, will be nothing compared to what two special people are facing back home.
You see, Emmanuel is dedicating this tournament in honor of two women that have helped make a positive difference in his life - his soccer coach and English teacher who are both battling breast cancer.
October is breast cancer awareness month and he wants everybody at the National Championships to know it. Pink, the symbolic color of the cause, follows Emmanuel wherever he goes. He has outfitted himself from top to bottom in pink socks, shoes, t-shirt and even the grips on his rackets.
"I’d like to let both of them know back home that despite being almost 1,000 miles away, I am thinking of them and wishing them the best," said Emmanuel.
He continued, "They are great women who have touched many lives. I hope they understand that there are a lot of people who care about them."
Emmanuel is here reminding people that there are millions of women and families impacted by this disease and he is doing anything he can to not let people forget.
"Tennis is great and we are here trying to defend our title from last year, but I’ve been reminded of what really matters in life – being able to support others when they need it."
No matter how Emmanuel and the PTC-ACES do in Surprise, he will return to New Jersey knowing that he gave it everything he had and that his battle on the court is miniscule in comparison to the battle women face against breast cancer.