Pasqual’s family has been part of the Foundation since 2014 with his sons attending our summer and afterschool programs at Pecan Springs Elementary. Rome, who is a 3rd grader, will begin his third summer in just a few weeks, while Phoenix, who is a 1st grader, will be attending his second.
Rome and Phoenix agree that field trips are their favorite part of summer – especially swimming.
“We love swimming,” Phoenix says, “but I also love the fun games we play.”
Rome adds, “I loved riding bikes last summer on our playground Tour de France during Europe week.”
Pasqual says as the boys told him about the things they were doing after school, and he quickly came to realize that, “the Andy Roddick Foundation program was not like the others.”
"The boys talked about reading buddies, hip hop dancing, and learning how to ride bikes,” he says.
“During the first summer, every day was something new and exciting for Rome,” Pasqual continues. “Not only was it fun for him, but it was also educational.”
Rome created a t-shirt business, designed and programmed robots, and made Claymation movies.
“We tried making Claymation movies at home with play-doh, and I’m still finding play-doh around our house,” laughs Pasqual.
Last summer, there were changes for the family, and they considered moving Rome and Phoenix to another school district before ultimately deciding to stay put.
“The boys were going through a lot, and as a parent, you don’t want to create unnecessary change for your children,” he says. “The Andy Roddick Foundation programs have helped the boys retain what they learned during the school year and build their social skills. Plus, they have a lot of fun, and I wanted that for them.”
Pasqual also says he cannot thank the Foundation’s program staff enough for the personal connection they have made with Rome and Phoenix.
“At the end of summer, the boys each received a book with photos of the great times they had,” he says. “In the album was a genuine message from each staff member praising the boys about things that as parent you think you're the only one who notices.”
The note to Phoenix read, “Phoenix I will miss your smile: it always gets you out of trouble!” And Rome’s read, “You’re always so happy and helpful.”
“Rome really would help anyone, and do it with a smile,” Pasqual says with a smile himself. “And I thought Phoenix’s smile only worked on me! The kid is adorable!”