Community Service Heroes Award: John Hatala
Marvin Ridge High School senior tennis player John Hatala has been named the Queen City Audio, Video and
Appliances Community Heroes Award Winner. The son of Bob and Joanna Hatala has been playing tennis since
the age of seven, following right in the footsteps of three older siblings. John is a former NC State Doubles Champion
and was a member of the 2015 State Championship Team. That same year, he was named MVP of the State Championship.
John will graduate this month and move on to Fairfield University in Connecticut to play college tennis.
John has learned so many lessons playing tennis over the years. “Tennis has taught me to handle disappointment.
This may seem odd, but observing how other players act when they lose, taught me a great deal. It’s simply impossible
to win every match; being gracious in victory and defeat shows respect for your opponent. Losing also points out areas of
your game that need work. You can either sulk in disappointment or hit the court hard to make improvements.
With a year round heavy commitment to tennis, John has still worked to record a 4.5 grade point average in the classroom
with all honors and AP classes. He has also found the time to contribute back to the community through service to others.
“I share my passion for tennis with the Special Olympics community. For the last seven years, along with my family,
I’ve had the opportunity to teach tennis to some amazing individuals. As a Special Olympics coach, I have helped run
several special needs tournaments throughout North Carolina. Making special friends along the way, I’ve even had the
privilege to be a Joy Prom escort.”
Queen City Audio, Video and Appliances salutes John Hatala for his continued commitment serving others in our community.
President, Queen City Audio, Video & Appliances