President's Message: Violet Clark
What an exciting time it is to be involved with USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation! As we get ready to ring in 2017, the Foundation will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with events that will span throughout the year.
Continuing with the “Generations of Giving” theme that was started to honor Mary Seelig, in January the Foundation will recognize the 35 Charter Champions and two Foundation Champions. These individuals, through their generous philanthropy, helped start the Foundation and made it the successful organization it is today.
In August, we will commemorate “Generations of Greatness” when we celebrate the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!
Along with celebrating our 25th Anniversary, the Foundation is preparing to take on new endeavors in 2017. The Foundation will be expanding its support beyond junior players and youth programming because we believe the sport of tennis provides opportunities for everyone. To that end, the first step we have taken is to remove the word “Youth” from our name.
In 2017, we will also begin awarding grants to organizations that serve Adaptive Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis and Veterans’ Tennis programs, and provide grants to adults who participate in these programs. The expansion of our mission will allow the Foundation to continue to support youth programs that use tennis as a vehicle to cultivate leadership, discipline, sportsmanship, healthy living and positive self-esteem in our youth while allowing us to share those same life lessons of tennis with specific adult populations.
Your support is needed to continue to impact lives through tennis. Won’t you please help the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation continue to make a difference and change lives in 2017? To make a contribution today, please CLICK HERE. No donation is too small and every donation is meaningful and appreciated.
President, USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation