Building a Champion in Cambodia!

TW Staff

Administrator
Anyone want to help build a tennis court in Cambodia?!

➤LISTEN: https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/podcast/?ccode=TTEPISODE67
➤SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/7aCFGNA2VnSOJus9qM2jrx
➤STITCHER: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=453304&refid=stpr
➤ITUNES: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talk-tennis/id1475845728?l

Imagine taking a vacation in Cambodia. Siem Reap to be exact. And falling in love with the area and the culture and the people. And connecting over one thing: tennis and growing the sport to help create an up and coming champion! In this episode, Greg James joins us to talk all about how he has brought the sport of tennis to the kids of Siem Reap, Cambodia and what he has done to create a young generation of players learning the sport and teaching the next generation. We also are joined by one of his coaches, Som, who gives us an insight into day to day life and training on the court in Siem Reap!

Happy Hitting!
 

atatu

Legend
Great episode, but how can we donate to Greg James to help out ?? Internet search doesn't turn anything up.
 

TW Staff

Administrator
Great episode, but how can we donate to Greg James to help out ?? Internet search doesn't turn anything up.
I know!
I'm working to help them build a Go Fund Me and I do have their contact so am happy to pass on anything to them and am hoping to update with more info soon!

Thanks for checking this episode out!

Michelle, TW
 

atatu

Legend
I know!
I'm working to help them build a Go Fund Me and I do have their contact so am happy to pass on anything to them and am hoping to update with more info soon!

Thanks for checking this episode out!

Michelle, TW
Ok, let me know, I would like to make a donation.
 

Sardines

Professional
I'm sorry, but this podcast is pushes that entire Asia inferiority trope, especially when phrases like "3rd world mentality" are used by Greg James. Remember for decades, Cambodia has been a big center of fraud for "children orphanages", when rich tourists volunteer for feel good memories, only to make children the target of con artists who use them to get donations:
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/asia/cambodian-activists-fall-exposes-broad-deception.html
I'm familiar with the Scott Windus' program and "Som" Dun Run, since it was featured in ATP's Aces for Charity 2018., and ITF gave Scott Windus an award for his services in Tennis Cambodia North West. While I am very supportive of programs like these, I have one myself on another continent for over a decade, I also have to caution about pouring too much money into them without local government help and ALSO giving tens of thousands of dollars for a tennis court when there is really not enough money for school supplies or even getting the kids fed is an issue. It's one thing to support with shoes and racquets from overstocks, but with 45% below the poverty line in the Siem Reap area alone when the rest of Cambodia has significantly reduced poverty, I think it is irresponsible to send money for tennis courts. With tourism now pretty much dead for the near future due to covid, poverty is even more prevalent!
I'm sure Greg James means well, but tennis courts are VERY low on the needs list in Siem Reap. Just my 2 cents.
 
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