Althea Neale Gibson
BORN August 25, 1927 DIED September 28, 2003
At a young age she and her family moved with her family to Harlem, a neighborhood in borough of New York City.Her family struggled to make ends meet, living on public assistance for a time, and Gibson struggled in the classroom, often skipping school all together. However she loved to play sports— especially table tennis—and she soon made a name for herself as a local table tennis champion. Her skills were eventually noticed by musician Buddy Walker, who invited her to play tennis on local courts.After winning several tournaments hosted by the local recreation department, Gibson was introduced to the Harlem River Tennis Courts in 1941. Incredibly, just a year after picking up a racket for the first time, she won a local tournament sponsored by the American Tennis Association, an African-American organization established to promote and sponsor tournaments for black players.
Some cool facts about her
Her CHARACTER TRAITS
Fearless because she was the first colored tennis player to play
Leader she was encouraging other people to do stuff beyond their limits