Ugandan tennis prodigy John Lutaaya, is beginning to acclimatise at the High Altitude Training Academy, in Parker, Colorado, USA where he is trying to acquire a tennis scholarship to pursuing a college education program.
Lutaaya, has been at the High Altitude Academy since December, when he earned a scholarship to train at an academy in Colorado. But funding for Lutaaya ran out after three months and the academy’s director, Jon Prenelle reached out to Ryan Segelke, the founder of the Academy.
The 18 year old player can only continue his progress at the Academy if he improves on his Scholarship Assessment Test (SAT) scores to earn a scholarship and stay in the US.
“If I could succeed in my goal of getting to college, that would be a huge opportunity,” Lutaaya told the Denver Post. “I just can’t imagine how happy I would be.”
Lutaaya is nearing that lofty goal. He has been offered a scholarship to play tennis at Colorado Christian, a world away from the hustles of his home country Uganda but there’s just one more test to pass first: the daunting SAT.
He’ll take the test again in November and December, hopeful he can reach the score he needs and close in on a tennis dream.
Previously the Ugandan tennis teenager was a scholar at the Sadili Tennis Oval in Langata, Kenya together with another Ugandan junior tennis player Henry Ayesiga, who is pursuing a similar scholarship in California, USA.