IRVING (CBS 11 NEWS) – A tennis pro is scoring big points off the court. Aisam Qureshi of the Texas Wild says he wants to spread the love for the game globally…one wheelchair at a time.
The Pakistani native and Texas Wild star continues to be a popular player across the globe with a reputation that earned him an appointment as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Qureshi is now giving back through an organization he founded named “Stop War, Start Tennis.”
“Which emphasizes on people who have been effected by wars and natural disasters, floods, earthquakes, and trying to provide them tennis wheelchairs,” said Qureshi.
He says not being able to walk is not a reason to sit out from the game of tennis and he’s spreading that message with a purpose.
“To give them some hope, and an understanding that they’re part of this society as well, and give them a reason to smile.”
He’s had success getting tennis wheel chairs for players in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. Now he’s bringing his project to the United States. He’s already received the support of his team, and is hoping North Texas will jump on board.
“I think as a human being. I think we need to help other people out who are in need.”
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