Tennis Ships to Afghanistan via Suncoast Florida, USTA

February 25, 2013 11:16 AM
Adopt_A_Unit_ShipmentDue to the efforts of tennis enthusiasts and military supporters, the Florida 160th Army Reserve MP Battalion stationed in Afghanistan will soon be playing tennis.
"The more than 100 soldiers will benefit with reduced stress, great exercise and lots of fun," said organizer Judy Foster of the Suncoast Tennis Foundation (STF).
The STF, a USTA Community Tennis Association in Pinellas County, Fla., placed collection containers in several tennis facilities to collect donations under the USTA Adopt-A-Unit program in December 2012.
With the assistance of the local USTA Florida tennis program coordinator, containers were distributed to Countryside Country Club, the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex, East Lake Country Club, Innisbrook Resort, and Shipwatch Tennis Club.
Innisbrook also held a special Adopt-A-Unit Tennis Clinic taught by tennis pros on Jan. 11, 2013, in conjunction with the Innisbrook Women’s Open, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event. The clinic was organized by Pam Collins, Innisbrook director of tennis and recreation.
"Admission to the Adopt-A-Unit clinic was a one-gallon Ziploc bag with essentials for the adopted troop," Foster said. "Items collected from the various tennis facilities and the clinic included trail mix, instant oatmeal, disposable razors, protein bars, chewing gum, aspirin and other comfort items to let our military men and women know we care, and ease the very difficult position they are in."
In total, 94 individual gallon bags were collected. USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA, will in addition send portable tennis equipment to the unit with tennis instructions and educational information.