Joseph Oyebog — former Davis Cup tennis player and Cameroon national champion — is a beloved local tennis coach.
The youngest of 6 children, he learned the sport using a racquet made of discarded wood, using tennis balls found in the tall grass outside a club in his home country.
Since 1999, while teaching tennis in the US, he has forged relationships between the Cameroon government, club owners and American supporters. His Oyebog Tennis Academy in Africa has taught tennis to thousands of youngsters. Twenty have earned college scholarships, or obtained coaching positions in the US and Europe.
Now a US citizen, Oyebog continues to help. For nearly 2 decades he has traveled between his homeland and his adopted nation. Nearly every penny he earns goes into his foundation.
His dream is to build a school around the tennis academy. He wants to hire teachers, and bring hope and jobs to children who grow up with very little.
Right now, the garages of 6 Westport families are filled with tennis gear and donations for children in Cameroon. But Oyebog’s OTA non-profit has run out of funds to ship the goods overseas.
Oyebog’s Westport friends hope to keep his dream alive. They’ve started a GoFundMe campaign.
They know there are many worthy causes that “06880” readers donate to.
But they also know that plenty of readers play tennis, and understand the power of sport to improve lives.
(Click here for more information on the GoFundMe campaign, or to contribute.)