Number of Participants: 6
Hours Donated: 8
Value of Time Served: $406
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: September 16, 2016
Flushing Meadow Flushing
New York 11368, United States
FLUSHING, N.Y. – On Friday, September 9, the Queens College men’s tennis team had the opportunity to help the USTA Foundation “Serving up Dreams” at the US Open Championships with their annual fundraiser. During the event, the donors got to compete with past tennis champions. It is an experience of a lifetime, with proceeds going to supporting the USTA foundation’s mission of bringing sport and education together to change lives. The team helped with court monitoring, supplying the players with refreshments and making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the day.
The USTA Foundation is an entity that provides grants and scholarships through tennis. This event helps the Foundation to change underserved youth and people with disabilities strive for excellence to improve academics. Studies have shown that young people who play tennis are healthier and less prone to risky behaviors like binge drinking and cigarette smoking. They are also less likely to be overweight or at-risk of being overweight. Overall the foundation raises money to support these life-changing programs through donations and special events like the one the Queens College men were apart. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to more than 2017 programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults through tennis, educational and health curricula.
The team got to spend a few minutes with tennis legend Nick Bollettieri where he told them, the best way to make a difference in life is to give back and value what that have as student-athletes.
Thank you to the USTA, Karen Ford and all of those involved at the “Serving up Dreams” event for letting us be part of such a fantastic program.