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USTA Florida Members, Jr. Tennis Players Raise $1,500 for Haiti Relief

March 10, 2010 06:00 PM
USTA Florida members donated $1,500 to Haiti earthquake relief through participation in USTA Youth Registration/Tennis Night in America events, held Feb. 26-March 1, 2010. USTA Florida donated $5 from each player registration of the proceeds from USTA Jr. Team Tennis league fees state-wide, as well as additional player donations, to the Red Cross for its relief efforts in Haiti.

USTA Youth Registration events are grass-roots initiatives from the USTA to grow tennis at the community level by promoting the fun and health benefits of tennis to youth. More than 60 facilities throughout Florida signed-up for Youth Registration events.

"By donating part of the proceeds from our USTA Jr. Team Tennis League fee registration to the Red Cross, USTA Florida members participated in the relief effort and maybe equally as important, delivered an important message to our kids about helping others in need," said USTA Florida President Donn Davis.

Tennis fans can further support the relief effort for Haiti by watching tennis stars past and present turn out this Friday for the "Hit for Haiti" benefit during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., to be broadcast live March 12, 2010, at 10:30 p.m. ET on the Tennis Channel.

Among the team-ups announced, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras will take on Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi in doubles, while Steffi Graf and Lindsay Davenport will play against Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin in women's doubles.

Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross, and fans will be able to donate through text messaging via charges to their phone bill.





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