#MyMAStennis Contest Guidelines

Abbreviated:
1. The contest will be announced on official USTA Mid-Atlantic social media platforms in
April 2018 and run through May 27, 2018. Users can enter one of three ways:

1. Use the hashtag #MyMAStennis in a public Instagram post and share a
tennis-themed photo
2. Use the hashtag #MyMAStennis in a public Twitter post and share a
tennis-themed photo or story
3. On a USTA Mid-Atlantic Facebook post mentioning the contest, comment
with a tennis-themed photo and caption briefly explaining how it reflects
#MyMAStennis.

Individuals can enter up to one time per week per platform. An individual may have
eligible entries on multiple platforms with the same week. Each week is defined as
beginning at 12:00am on Monday and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday. Week 1 of the
contest will start April 23. Week 5 of the contest will end at 11:59pm on May 27.
2. Among eligible entrants, two winners will be selected each week to receive a $20 gift
card to Tennis Warehouse (or equivalent at the discretion of USTA Mid-Atlantic). One
winner will be selected by USTA Mid-Atlantic for best representing the
#MyMASTennis hashtag, and one winner will be selected at random from eligible
entrants; an individual cannot win multiple times throughout the content. The gift card
cannot be exchanged for an alternate prize and holds no value.
3. Winners will be notified via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter message or email and
must respond with their address in a timely manner or a replacement winner will be
chosen. By accepting the contest prize, winners agree to allow their photo to be shared on USTA Mid-Atlantic social media outlets.

OFFER VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. By submitting an
entry, you agree to be bound by these rules and represent that you satisfy all eligibility
requirements.
1. ELIGIBILITY: The #MyMAStennis Content (the “Contest”) is open to residents of the
United States over the age of 18. Employees and other representatives of USTA Mid-
Atlantic Section (“USTA MAS”) or its affiliates, distributors, agencies, and members of
each of their immediate families are not eligible to enter or win. Offer is void where
prohibited or restricted by law.
2. TIMING: Winners will be selected from submissions received within each week. Week
1 of the contest will begin on April 23, 2018 and Week 5 of the contest will conclude
on May 27, 2018. To be eligible for a week’s submissions, entries must be submitted
by 11:59 p.m. on the corresponding Sunday (April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May
27). USTA MAS reserves the right to select no winners for any week’s contest.
3. SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be chosen at the discretion of the USTA
MAS employees, by selection and random drawing. USTA MAS reserves the right, at
its discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not comply with the rules or to
disqualify any individual (and their entry) who tampers with the entry process.
4. WINNER VERIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by Facebook, Instagram
or Twitter message or email. If the winner is unreachable, ineligible or fails to claim
the prize within fourty-eight (48) hours after being contacted, such winner will forfeit

the prize and the prize may be awarded to another winner, at the discretion of USTA
MAS.
5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Entrants grant to USTA MAS the right to use and publish
their proper name online, in print or in any other media in connection with the Contest.
Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for USTA MAS to use winners’ names
and likeness’ for advertising and promotional purposes without additional
compensation unless prohibited by law. By entering, participants release and hold
harmless USTA MAS, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers,
employees, and agents from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any
kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or any prize won. Promotion is
subject to the USTA Privacy Policy found at https://www.usta.com/en/home/about-
usta/who-we- are/national/usta-privacy- policy.html?intloc=footer. A list of winners can
be made available upon request.

Turning Love into Aces

The love for tennis knows no bounds. However, for some families, the cost of tennis can include more than just playing the game. For highly competitive junior players, the cost of tennis includes traveling to local and regional tournaments, extra hours on the court training and frequent purchases of new equipment. Every year, USTA Mid-Atlantic helps support these juniors and their families by providing scholarships that help ease the  financial impact associated with high levels of junior competition. Because of the support we receive from our members, players and donors, we are able to help junior players continue on his or her journey through tennis and becoming an ace both on and off the court. Read about why your support matters and what one scholarship recipient has to say about the impact our scholarships make.

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Dear USTA Mid-Atlantic:

My name is Jelani Sarr, and I am 13 years old. All my life I’ve been playing the game I love – tennis. Since no one in my family has ever played tennis, how I started playing tennis is kind of an unusual story.

My story starts with me, my cousin, and my stepdad, waiting for my mom outside of the local library. While she was inside getting books, my stepdad, who I call my Uncle Coach, was trying to keep me and my cousin busy by having us hit some tennis balls against the wall with some old wooden racquets he had in his trunk. I was only three years old. Since that day, I’ve played other sports, like football and wrestling, but I kept coming back to tennis. It just stuck. I’ve been playing competitive tennis ever since.

Tennis has made multiple impacts on my life. For one, I travel to places in the United States that are beautiful! I also meet new friends among my fellow players. When we are not on the tennis court, we don’t see each other as competitors but as friends. My parents’ lives have also been affected because they get to travel with me. They have supported me all my life and have never given up on me; we have grown so much together.

A proud moment for me, where I felt like I have given back to my parents, was when I received a Sportsmanship award after winning my first National tournament. To cap it all off, the tournament sponsor let me wear his Golden State Warriors championship ring. I felt like a real warrior that day!

I would like to say thank you to the USTA Mid-Atlantic scholarship program and to everyone who supports it. This scholarship has been so important to me and my family because it makes me feel good to see my parents receiving something for a change. My parents have worked really hard to provide me with opportunities in the sport of tennis and given me tools to go as far as I can. This scholarship is recognition for all tennis parents and their hard work for turning all their love into our aces.

Sincerely,

Jelani Sarr

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Jelani is an avid competitor in tennis tournaments across the nation and one of thousands in the Section that compete year-round with a dream of going pro. Support stories like Jelani’s by making a tax-deductible contribution to USTA Mid-Atlantic today! For more information about our fundraising initiatives, reach out to Helen Li at li@mas.usta.com.

 

Official Rules: Seven Days of Shirts Celebration

Abbreviated:

  1. Each day’s contest will be announced on the USTA Mid-Atlantic official Facebook page daily between Dec. 11 and Dec. 17, 2017. To enter on Days 1,2, 4, 5 and 7, successfully comment on the corresponding Facebook post on the USTA Mid-Atlantic (Official) Facebook page. To enter on Day 3, register for an Adult League in the Mid-Atlantic Section between Dec. 13 and Dec. 18, 2017. To enter on Day 6, successfully complete the Storytelling form found here: https://form.jotform.com/70195017690961. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. the day following the corresponding Facebook post.
  2. Among eligible entrants, one winner each day will receive one tennis holiday-themed t-shirt. Winners are chosen at the discretion of USTA Mid-Atlantic staff. The shirt cannot be exchanged for an alternate prize and holds no value.
  3. Winners will be notified via Facebook message or email and must respond with their address in a timely manner or a replacement winner will be chosen. All shirts will be shipped to the address the winner provided.

 

OFFER VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these rules and represent that you satisfy all eligibility requirements.

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Seven Days of Shirts Celebration (the “Contest”) is open to residents of the United States over the age of 18. Employees and other representatives of USTA Mid-Atlantic Section (“USTA MAS”) or its affiliates, distributors, agencies, and members of each of their immediate families are not eligible to enter or win. Offer is void where prohibited or restricted by law. One entry per day per person.
  2. TIMING: Day 1 of the contest will begin on Dec. 11, 2017 and Day 7 of the contest will begin on Dec. 17, 2017. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. the day following each day’s corresponding Facebook post, unless otherwise stated. For Day 3 of the contest, registrations must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2017. USTA MAS reserves the right to select no winners for any day’s contest.
  3. SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be chosen at the discretion of the USTA MAS employees, either by selection or random drawing. USTA MAS reserves the right, at its discretion, to disqualify any entry that does not comply with the rules or to disqualify any individual (and their entry) who tampers with the entry process.
  4. WINNER VERIFICATION: Potential winners will be notified by Facebook message or email. If the winner is unreachable, ineligible or fails to claim the prize within fourty-eight (48) hours after being contacted, such winner will forfeit the prize and the prize may be awarded to another winner, at the discretion of USTA MAS.
  5. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Entrants grant to USTA MAS the right to use and publish their proper name online, in print or in any other media in connection with the Contest. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for USTA MAS to use winners’ names and likeness’ for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. By entering, participants release and hold harmless USTA MAS, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or any prize won. Promotion is subject to the USTA Privacy Policy found at https://www.usta.com/en/home/about-usta/who-we-are/national/usta-privacy-policy.html?intloc=footer. A list of winners can be made available upon request.

Maryland Tennis Team Shows LOVE for Puerto Rico

More than any win or loss on the court, the impact of USTA League tennis in the Mid-Atlantic is underscored by the bonds and friendships created off the court. This idea was certainly evident at the recent Women’s 2.5 National Championship when teams from Maryland and Puerto Rico got to know each other.

After playing a team match against each other, the ladies got to talking and hanging out during the rest of their time in Mobile, Ala. When Mid-Atlantic’s team, captained by Chanhee and Kevin Ro, heard the Puerto Ricans were planning a run to Costco to buy basic supplies to bring back for hurricane relief, the women from Columbia, Md. decided to chip in. They pooled some money – including from team members who hadn’t even made the trip to Alabama – to help the Puerto Rican women buy even more supplies to bring back with them.

Puerto Rico-Maryland Team

The women from Maryland and Puerto Rico together at the player party. Puerto Rico’s captain Johmary Melendez River (center, yellow shorts) is holding an envelope with donated money for more supplies.

This is what tennis is all about – cultivating common bonds, bringing perfect strangers together united through the sport they all love. Whether at a USTA National Championship or on the courts of the local park, you cannot deny that tennis brings people together in extraordinary ways to do extraordinary things. Kudos to Columbia’s 2.5 Women’s team for showing that the impact of tennis extends far beyond the court.

Puerto Rico-Maryland Supplies

A bag of flashlights and batteries the team brought back to support hurricane relief efforts.

This is MAS Tennis: Edward Fitzgerald’s Story

This post is part of a series that tell the stories of how tennis has influenced people’s lives in the Mid-Atlantic Section. Meet Edward Fitzgerald from Waldorf, Md. To share your story or send to someone you know, click here.

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a 52-year-old male that had a love affair between basketball and tennis but quickly turned my focus in my later years to tennis.  I had never taken a tennis lesson in my life but was always an athlete, so the physical part of the game wasn’t a problem.  What I needed to learn was stroke fundamentals and the mental part of the game.  I played with people who knew how to play and humbled myself to ask what they thought I could work on. Then I went to work hitting against the wall.  I also watched a lot of tennis and just copied what my favor players did (Federer, Agassi).  Eventually I  got my certification and have coached a few winning teams and taught people how to play this beautiful sport that is a sport of a lifetime.  My wife also is a USTA member, and we have played mixed doubles together and gone to a few Sectional Championships.

How has tennis impacted your life?

Tennis gives me a sense of calm and is a stress reliever for me.  Everyone has to have a hobby — that happy place — and tennis is my happy place. In everyday life it helps with problem solving.  How to make a plan and work your plan.  Edward Fitzgerald 1

Recently I had a gentlemen come to me and said I was the reason that he started playing tennis.  He came out to the court and saw me playing one day and told me that I made it look so fun.  As they say, you never know who may be watching.  Since I started coaching and giving lessons, I have had men and women come to me and say, “Thank you for giving me the confidence to expand my game.”  There is nothing more gratifying to me as than helping someone achieve something in this game that I love.

How do you feel when you think about your tennis journey?

I feel a feeling of happiness that I can help anyone learn or improve in their game. When I first started, someone took the time to help me, and I want to do the same for others.

What do you like most about tennis and what keeps you coming back?

The competition, the relationships you build, the keeping in shape part. What keeps me coming back is my love for the sport and the people who play it.  Tennis is a great way to make some long-lasting friends.