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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Fish Funding, 10 and Under Tennis Legacy Program, More

March 14, 2012 12:29 PM
Fish Receives $10K Award from ATP ACES For Charity

Fish05Vero Beach, Fla., native and world No. 8 Mardy Fish was honored Thursday in Indian Wells with the ATP ACES For Charity award. The $10,000 award will support the Mardy Fish Foundation mission to provide children access to after-school exercise, and nutritional and enrichment programs in a safe environment to prepare them for healthy, productive and successful lives.

"I am deeply honored to accept the ATP ACES For Charity award on behalf of the Mardy Fish Foundation," Fish said. "I want to thank the ATP for its generosity. This award will allow Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest to continue to grow and increase its contributions to both the Mardy Fish Foundation and Jake Owen Foundation."

To date more than 2,000 students at 13 elementary schools participate in the Mardy Fish Foundation Achievable Dreams After School and Club Programs, and more than 1,000 children participate in Mardy's Kids on Court. The Jake Owen Foundation also continues to assist youth who are battling childhood diseases through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

The sixth annual Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest was held in Vero Beach on Dec. 9-10, 2011. Official Host Sponsor Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club hosted the Kids' Tennis Clinic, Reception and Tennis Exhibition. The Jake Owen Concert has been rescheduled and will be held Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Citrus Bowl/Billy Livings Field at Vero Beach High School. Limited additional tickets are available for the Jake Owen Concert and can be purchased by visiting www.chevents.com.

The ATP ACES For Charity program, launched in 2011, is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognizing and supporting tournament and player charitable initiatives. This year's 14 recipients support a range of causes, encompassing youth enrichment programmes in Africa and Chennai, earthquake relief in New Zealand, health care in St. Petersburg and Sydney, HIV/AIDS education in Washington D.C., and social services for children in Colombia, Zagreb, and Austin, Texas.

USTA Pro Circuit Introduces 10 and Under Tennis Legacy Program

10andunderlogo_stack_4c-201The USTA Professional Development and Community Tennis divisions have teamed to launch a new program to provide grants to USTA Pro Circuit tournament sites that actively promote the 10 and Under Tennis format at their events, and whose facilities make programming available to the community. 

A primary goal of the 10 and Under Tennis Legacy Program is for tennis communities in the USTA Pro Circuit markets to benefit from the tournaments throughout the year with enhanced support of grassroots programs.
Tournaments can apply for grants to cover the painting of permanent lines on courts at their facility or a partner site connected with the tournament (ex. school, park, etc.). The 10 and Under Tennis Legacy Program is separate, and in addition to, grants available to tournaments for community events.
The program is supported by the USTA's Pro Circuit Committee, which has a goal to foster collaboration between Pro Circuit events and local community tennis. For more information on the program, including the grant application form, go to www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit/USTAProCircuit_CIG or contact Louise Maher at maher@usta.com.

Tennis Events at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston

midtown athletic clubThe Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, Fla., will host two events in March, raising funds for ovarian cancer and providing members and guests with a clinic from a former Top 10 player.

On March 23, Midtown will offer a 10 and Under Tennis clinic for children, which will include pizza and the movie "Puss and Boots." Cost is $10 for members and $25 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the Message for Marli Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit to raise awareness and to educate women about the importance of ovarian cancer early detection. Ovarian cancer continues to have one of the highest mortality rates of any cancer, and it is a leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States.

On Friday, March 30, Midtown Athletic Club will host Tennis Channel analyst and former Top 10 player Katrina Adams, who will lead a clinic with Midtown coaches for members and their guests, provide training tips for the club's competitive junior players, and serve as celebrity guest at an evening reception.

A standout at Northwestern University in the 1980s and current vice president of the United States Tennis Association, Adams became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion in 1987 and played 12 years on the WTA tour, capturing 20 career doubles titles and reaching No. 8 in the world. A Chicago native, Adams was later inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame, the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame, and the Chicago District Tennis Hall of Fame.

For more information on these events contact Dave Silbar at dsilbar@silbarpr.com.






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