To hear Arthur Goldblatt modestly tell it, his last 20 plus years starting programs, spearheading fundraising efforts and personally giving tennis and life lessons to hundreds, if not thousands, of underprivileged children in Connecticut was the result of one thing—serendipity.
It was serendipitous that he grew Norwalk Grassroots Tennis from a casual summer diversion for 10 to 20 children into a $400,000 annual program that has produced state and New England champions. It was serendipitous that he was able to connect other like-minded city programs with the Connecticut Alliance for Tennis & Education (CATE), allowing the groups to grow together while gaining funding and leadership. It was serendipitous that he guided kids not only through the tennis program, but also to high school degrees, colleges and beyond. “Art Goldblatt is a Connecticut saint,” says Alex Seaver, a co-founder of CATE. “He’s a very humble, elegant guy who never wants credit. He’s inspired all of us.”