OC high school athlete gets a D1 scholarship for wheelchair tennis

OC high school athlete gets a D1 scholarship for wheelchair tennis

OC High School Athlete Wins D1 Wheelchair Tennis Scholarship

OC high school athlete gets D1 scholarship for wheelchair tennis 02:30

A senior from JSerra Catholic High School is heading to the University of Arizona, and his athletic signature is not only inspiring, but making local history.

Landon Sachs, 17, is the first high school student in Orange County to receive a Division 1 wheelchair tennis scholarship.

The senior first picked up a tennis racquet a year ago, and is now ranked 11th in the nation in junior wheelchair tennis.

Sachs won a bravery award at JSerra High School in Orange County, where he is the first-ever wheelchair tennis player. He was paralyzed from the chest at the age of 8 when one of his brothers shot him and killed his parents. During the signing ceremony, Sachs thanked those at home and on campus who helped him get this far.

School tennis coach Keith Orahood said, “It’s a dream come true.” Sachs is known for his determination and dedication and the Arizona coach has seen it.

“You know, it’s pretty mind-blowing, I think.

His sister Lana Sachs said he had come a long way with his physical therapy. “I feel a lot of joy today, so there’s not a lot of sadness or anything, just mostly happiness,” she said.

KCAL-News Staff

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