Professional tennis player Brandon Nakashima, a Carmel Valley resident, showed his appreciation for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic by donating 40 pairs of tennis shoes to urgent care team members at Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa. The ATP Tour player wanted to give back to the community and help in any way he could and was able to make the donation courtesy of his sponsor, Fila.
The 18-year-old Nakashima, who was ranked No. 220 in the world rankings before the sport was disrupted by the global pandemic, turned pro in January after being named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year while at the University of Virginia in 2019. Nakashima is a graduate of Carmel Valley’s High Bluff Academy.