When Jorge Pastor was 12 years old, he met a tennis coach in Colombia, who immediately recognized his great potential and brought him to the United States to play a few tournaments. They kept in touch, and, in February 2019, the same coach offered him a tennis scholarship. Jorge made his way to a tournament final and needed to borrow a racket to play as he didn’t have his own equipment. That’s when he met Eric Bouskila, the founder of the ARI Financial Group and now Jorge’s sponsor.

“My dream is to be a professional tennis player, to be the best professional tennis player I can be. So, yeah, I’m doing a lot of things right now. I’m working, training, playing tournaments and, now, thanks to Eric, looking forward to college.”

Jorge’s opponent in the finals was Eric’s son. Eric watched the match and saw Jorge’s attitude and how passionate of a player he was. Eric was impressed with Jorge’s story and moved by him having to borrow a racket. Unfortunately, Jorge didn’t have the funds to buy the equipment he needed to play tennis at his level, so right there and then, Eric decided to sponsor Jorge through ARI Financial Foundation. That was before the pandemic hit, which changed everything. Jorge could no longer travel to tournaments and had to find other sources of income to support himself since his family, who lives in Colombia, doesn’t have the means to help him.

Jorge is a disciplined young man with admirable tenacity, a heart of gold, and impeccable values. He trains five hours a day, every day. He is a bright 19-year-old who just finished high school and has big dreams––going to college to study Business Administration and being a professional tennis player. The college part is taken care of as the ARI Financial Foundation has just decided to pay for his tuition.

Eric Bouskila and the ARI Financial Foundation are proud to continue investing in Jorge’s future so that he can work towards making his dreams a reality.

“Eric doesn’t know how much he changed my life. Maybe where he’s in life right now, the things that he helped me with aren’t big. But to me, they are bigger than anything. It’s been too many years, since I was 10 years old, that I’ve been dreaming and wishing things that I couldn’t have. And now I have the opportunity because he helped me. It’s a dream come true, I’m living my dream, it’s bigger than he can ever imagine.”

- Jorge Pastor