August 2, 2015

USTA Serves to Host Second Annual Pro-AM in the Hamptons



Event to Raise Funds in Support of USTA Serves and USTA Player Development

Sotheby’s Auction House to Sponsor Evening Reception

at The Bridge in Bridgehampton


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 1, 2013 – USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced it will host its second annual Pro-Am in the Hamptons, Thursday, August 22 in East Hampton, N.Y., beginning with a doubles round robin tournament, and an evening reception sponsored by Sotheby’s Auction House. Both events will serve to raise money to help fund college scholarships and program grants to community-based tennis and education programs throughout the country, and help fund USTA Player Development efforts to develop world-class American tennis players.


The day will kick off at noon with the Pro-Am at the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club, featuring four-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1, Jim Courier; current world No. 22 and No. 2-ranked American men’s player Sam Querrey, and current world No. 15 and No. 2-ranked American women’s player Sloane Stephens, all of whom will be paired with foundation donors.


USTA Serves is hosting a sunset cocktail reception at The Bridge in Bridgehampton, N.Y., at 6 pm. Honored guests include former world No.1 and International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe, who will meet with guests throughout the evening. Sotheby’s Auction House will be the premier sponsor of the event.


“We are looking forward to another great day of tennis in the Hamptons for a second year,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. “I’m delighted to have East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club and The Bridge once again serve as hosts for a spectacular day. We are thankful to our tennis legends as well as our  rising stars of today’s game, along with our sponsors and other participants, all of whom are coming together to support the missions of USTA Serves and USTA Player Development.”


“The event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the USTA’s continued efforts of building and cultivating the sport of tennis as a result of the tremendous work of USTA Serves and USTA Player Development,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager of USTA Player Development. “This is a great opportunity for attendees to lend their support to both great causes.”


To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $15 million in grants and scholarships to people and programs throughout the country in an effort to  provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to realize success. The mission of USTA Player Development is to develop world-class American players through a clearly-defined training structure and competitive pathway, as well as through the implementation of a comprehensive coaching philosophy and structure.


USTA Serves Hands Out $1.7 Million in Grants in 2012


From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 10, 2013 USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced today that it has granted 34 community tennis and education organizations in the U.S. more than $340,000 in grants. Combined with scholarship awards, USTA Serves distributed $1.7 million in 2012.


The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk youth with the opportunity to participate in tennis and strive for academic excellence, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $11 million to 236 programs that support its mission.


“USTA Serves is happy to support these organizations throughout the country who strive to provide systemic change for America’s youth, by promoting tennis and education,” says Deborah Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These organizations share our belief that tennis, combined with education, can have a lasting effect on the lives of children and help pave the way to a brighter future for them. It’s an honor to support these organizations, and we applaud them in their efforts.”


The grant recipients are chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of USTA Serves board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections and committee personnel. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully demonstrate the ability to provide quality programming and measurable outcomes.


The following programs were awarded 2012 year-end grants by USTA Serves:


  1. Aceing Autism Inc.,Los Angeles
  2. Adaptive Tennis Association Of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
  3. Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.
  4. Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, Tenn.
  5. Dallas Tennis Association, Addison, Tex.
  6. Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia, Penn.
  7. FDDOC Winners’ Circle, Inc., Shreveport, La.
  8. Genesis School Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
  9. Harper for Kids, San Francisco
  10. HERO, Inc., Purchase, N.Y.
  11. I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, Colo.
  12. Inter American University Of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  13. International Rescue Committee, Inc., San Diego, Calif.
  14. MACH Academy, Inc., Augusta, Ga.
  15. Monterey County Police Activities League, Prunedale, Calif.
  16. New Haven Youth Tennis and Education, Inc., Guilford, Conn.
  17. Our Military Kids Inc., McLean, Va.
  18. Panda Foundation Inc., Bradenton, Fla.
  19. Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Newport News, Va.
  20. Police Athletic League Of Parsippany Troy Hills, Parsippany, N.J.
  21. Prince Georges Tennis And Education Foundation Inc., Upper Marlboro, Md.
  22. Quickstart Tennis Of Central Virginia Inc., Ivy, Va.
  23. Reach For College Inc., Washington, D.C.
  24. Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands, East Sandwich, Mass.
  25. Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association, Wilmington, Del.
  26. San Diego District Tennis Association, San Diego, Calif.
  27. Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, Dorchester, Mass.
  28. Tennis & Education Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
  29. Tennis for Charity Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
  30. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  31. University Of La Verne, La Verne, Calif.
  32. Ventura Education Partnership, Ventura, Calif.
  33. YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
  34. Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy, Houston, Tex.

Katrina Adams Hosts HJTEP Fundraiser

New York – The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program  hosted its 4th Annual Harlem Junior Tennis “Hits” the Wall fundraiser on Wednesday night at the Brasserie Las Halles in lower Manhattan.

Former WTA player and current Tennis Channel analyst Katrina Adams is the Executive Director of the program and played hostess for the evening’s events. Included among the guests were tennis analyst and current president of USTA Serves Mary Carillo and former New York City Mayor, USTA board member and tennis enthusiast David Dinkins.

In addition to tickets sold, monies were raised from both live and silent auctions. Some of the items included signed racquets donated by Andre Agassi/Stefanie Graf, Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, Roger Federer, the Bryan Brothers and Maria Sharapova. Other big ticket items for bidding were tickets to the President’s Suite for the 2011 US Open, tickets to the Sony Ericsson Championships, a week at the Evert tennis Academy, a week at the Saddlebrook resort,  tickets to the ESPY’s and  a hitting session with Patrick McEnroe.

The mission of the Harlem Junior Tennis program is “to bring tennis to youth from high risk, low income inner-city neighborhoods and offer opportunities for self- development, while highlighting education and a positive code of behavior.”

Approximately 25% of HJTEP participants go on to be awarded college tennis scholarships. Some of the colleges the program‘s alumni have attended are Duke, Howard, Syracuse, Tulane, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, Temple, Rutgers, Georgetown, New York University and many others. James and Thomas Blake are alumni of the program. HJTEP was founded in 1972.

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Reported by Junior Williams