There's usually no I in team. But, sometimes that's not always the case. Southwood sophomore Andre Edwards is very much a team player but in a slightly different way.
"Andre is actually our only player that competes on the tennis team," said Southwood tennis coach Robert Childers.
Out of over 1300 hundreds students at Southwood, sophomore Andre Edwards is a one man team for the Cowboys. He’s the only player on the team.
Andre said, "You gotta depend on yourself and changes on what you're doing instead of having teammates to pick you up, you have to pick yourself up."
Andre has been playing tennis since he was 6 years old. Following a suggestion from his Dad, he decided to try something new.
Preston Edwards, Andre’s father, said, "Kids don't get outside these days. So, it's outside, you get a lot of activity going and just to introduce him to something different."
He went on to win 4 singles and 4 doubles tournaments and traveled the region playing tennis but he says in Southern Hills in South Shreveport, the courts are often empty.
"I guess it hasn't really been introduced to any of the kids. They don't get asked to come play a lot they would on the other side of town."
Childers added, "Tennis needs to be a little bit more reachable for everybody. It's pretty expensive, the lessons and the traveling and the tournaments. We just have to find a way to make it work for everyone."
So, for now, Andre carries the torch alone. But, he's not only tied down by Tennis. He's also involved with different community service projects and recently was inducted to the national honor society at Southwood.
Preston added, "He works hard academically, he works hard athletically and he's a good kid. And, some other kids need to see you can do both and still be successful."
"He's a multi-sport player, he also holds down a job here at Southern Hills so he works as well. He's a well rounded kid," said Childers.
As he accepted the Landers Athlete of the Week trophy, Andre said, "Thank you. I want to thank all of my parents, my supporters and my school for letting be able to do this. Thank God especially because if it wasn't for him, I wouldn’t be able to do this."
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