We want to send giant congratulations to Danny DaGian, our Program Director in Austin, TX! The proud father of 3 received the Henry Cox Adaptive Tennis Award on July 9th, from USTA Texas, an achievement to honor all his contributions to adaptive tennis.
“Because Anshu Sharma was willing to start a program in Houston, I enjoyed seeing my volunteers break out of their shell, become comfortable and see them grow just like the participants,” the Tennis Professional said.
“And when I moved to Austin, I knew I wanted to bring ACEing Autism to it. We started with 6 kids and we now have 12.”
On top of starting two programs, Danny helped plan the ACEing Autism clinic during the US Men’s Clay Court tournament Kids’ Day and participated in the US Open clinic.
“I don’t have any autism in my family, but I’ve seen the progress, and that’s why I keep doing it,” the energetic but humble tennis pro explained. “I see the progress in the participants, families and volunteers alike.”
A client of his, John Webber, nominated him. “His son Grant, 26 years old was in our program and now I give him private lessons,” Danny laughs. “Grant got hooked on tennis and his father is now a big advocate for ACEing Autism.”
Danny, who prides himself in being able to coach all levels was extremely surprised and touched to receive this award. ” This is my first award as a coach for ACEing Autism, so I was really excited.”