A lifetime of wheelchair sports – Anthony Lara
California resident Anthony Lara is no stranger to the world of wheelchair tennis. In fact, he’s no stranger to the wheelchair community at all. From 1988 SPORTS `N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year recipient to Brad Parks Award winner, Lara has traveled the world competing, coaching and helping grow wheelchair tennis.
So, it was no surprise to find him at this year’s Angel City Games doing what he loves most. Mentoring new and seasoned athletes in the sport of wheelchair tennis.
We found “Crip Daddy,” as he’s best known within the tennis community, on the courts at UCLA leading a variety of tennis clinics to Angel City Games participants.
“Being able to help provide wheelchair sports and competition holds dear to my heart because it’s a reminder of how blessed my career was and coming to events like this makes me think about coming full-circle,” says Lara.
He says that with a laugh because he feels he’s still young, learning and growing in the sport.
“I see the look in the players eyes and I see a glimpse of what was once me,” says Lara. “Looking for simple reassurance, looking for hope or looking for a laugh.”
It’s safe to say that Lara has helped create all of those feelings judging by the smiles and laughs echoing throughout the courts of the campus and it’s safe to say that Crip Daddy has left everlasting impressions of the athletes that follow.
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