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Native American World Tennis Champion Brings Racquet Sports to the Rez

Tennis world champion Melvin 'Pete' Peterson, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is on a mission to improve health disparities and foster wellness among Native youth through the power of racquet sports.

Peterson's journey with tennis began in his youth and flourished during his college years at Georgia State University, where he earned accolades as an All-Conference player.

"Tennis provided me with focus and determination, especially during challenging times. It taught me resilience, which I now aim to instill in Native youth through our programs," Peterson told Native News Online.


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