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USTA Florida March 2010 President's Message -- Re-investing in the Future of Tennis

March 18, 2010 09:47 AM
I am a tennis player. Now that might sound like a silly statement from a leader of a tennis association but the reality is that my playing tennis is what got me involved with USTA Florida in the first place and consequently into its volunteer leadership. I've been playing tennis for over 40 years now. In my youth, I played a lot of USTA tournament tennis, and as a young adult all over the East and Midwest. Lately I've been playing more league tennis and of course, like most of us, I have a group that I play with on a weekly basis. 

Where am I going with this, you may ask. Well, I regularly get the question, "Why should I be a USTA member? If I'm not playing USTA tournaments or leagues, what's the benefit?" Well, it's really quite simple. The benefit to you is that through your USTA membership, you support the game you love so much and help it to continue to flourish here in the United States. 

USTA Florida even has a section on our website to describe the benefits to you...go to www.ustaflorida.com, click on "Membership," and click on "Membership Benefits" and it will give you more than enough reasons to become a member. But that's not my point here.

My point is that USTA Florida is re-investing $500,000 of reserve funds directly back into the game of tennis in Florida. This is an unprecedented step for our Section and this funding comes at a time when it is most needed in our sport.

I named a taskforce that worked on the grant process for these funds and we are now receiving proposals and will be infusing these much-needed funds into the game by mid-2010. These funds will be used to promote the game in both the public and private sector, not only for facility/court development but also for much-needed programming around the state. There will be matching funds grants for larger projects as well. See the initiative website at: www.USTASharetheLove.com.

Beside all of the other benefits of USTA membership, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that your membership dollars are truly helping "Promote and Develop Tennis in Florida."  So if your membership is about to expire, please remember that by renewing, your membership dollars do go help to bring new people, both young and the young at heart, to the game we all love so much! Now, let's get out there and hit a few balls!

Donn Davis
USTA Florida President






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