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USTA Commits $150,000 to Relief Efforts in Haiti

February 5, 2010 08:02 PM

USTA COMMITS $150,000 TO RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI

Organization Targets UNICEF as Fund Recipient

Donation Raises Overall Tennis Industry Contributions to more than $650,000

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 4, 2010 – The USTA announced today that it will donate $150,000 toward the ongoing relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The USTA will donate $100,000 directly to UNICEF, the United Nation’s children’s fund, and has contributed another $50,000 as part of the Grand Slam Committee’s donation of $200,000. This $50,000 contribution also will be directed to UNICEF’s Haitian relief efforts, that includes the delivery of vital medical and health supplies to the hard-hit country. The Grand Slam Committee is comprised of the world’s four Grand Slam tennis events. The contribution will raise to more than $650,000 in overall donations by the tennis industry, including the four Grand Slams, both professional tours and many of the sport’s top players.

“On behalf of the entire USTA Family, the USTA Board of Directors is pleased to make a donation to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti at this timeof overwhelming need,” said Lucy S. Garvin, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. The USTA has a long history of donating funds to communities in crisis, as it did to the City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina In 2005.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 740,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

For more information, contact: Rita Garza, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, USTA –

 

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