We are forever changed because of COVID-19. Our daily lives, how we socialize, and conduct ourselves as a community is now completely different. We also grapple with current events that are challenging on many levels. USTA Mid-Atlantic deeply believes that not only is tennis for EVERYONE but that through the sport lives improve by fostering health, connections, communication, and community. It is why we work tirelessly to make tennis the most accessible sport in the region. Tennis can help all people – socially, emotionally and physically. Together we can work to #ServeItForward through tennis to combat the crisis and build up Mid-Atlantic communities.
Tennis has the power to rebuild the community
Learn how you can #ServeItForward and participate in many different events, campaigns and opportunities to help rebuild and reconnect the Mid-Atlantic tennis community. Click here to read a message from Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, CEO USTA Mid-Atlantic.
Path to serve it forward
Join us live on Facebook for virtual tennis sessions on Thursdays at 12 PM. We will be running through tennis activities for kids.
Businesses to support
Support a USTA Mid-Atlantic Member connected small business, check out our growing list and learn how you can support local!
Nominate someone who has gone above and beyond for our newly renamed 2020 Serve it Forward Section Awards!
Help by creating a just giving peer to peer fundraising page
You can create a fundraising page and share why tennis is important to you! Ask your friends and family to help give the gift of tennis and ensure more kids have a chance to be exposed to the sport you love! Click here to find out more!
WAYS WE ARE SERVING IT FORWARD
USTA Mid-Atlantic Community Tennis Association Recovery Grant
In an effort to assist with the current climate that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have re-structured our Safe Place To Play funding this year to create a new grant program to support local CTAs in the Section. We will continue to evaluate the situation in regards to grants for 2021.
The USTA Mid-Atlantic Recovery Grant program was created to help Community Tennis Associations (CTAs) defray some of the tennis-related costs associated with resuming play in 2020 if your programming was put on hold due to the impact of COVID-19. These grants must be used for tennis-related costs for equipment, cleaning and sanitizing or other tennis-related expenses that you’ll need to reopen programming, once local, state, and federal guidelines allow. We want to help you get your organization programs going again, because your programs will be crucial in keeping tennis growing as we navigate our way through this current crisis. These grants are not designed to cover lost income, dues, or revenues.
Applications will be evaluated by Section staff in the order in which they are received. The deadline for applying for these grants is July 15, 2020 or when funding is exhausted. For more information on this grant and to apply, click here.
USTA Mid-Atlantic recognizes the challenge you may face securing supplies, equipment and other resources that will help keep you staff and patrons safe as they return to your tennis courts. To make it easier, we’ve partnered with some of our longtime preferred vendors and official suppliers – right from the Mid-Atlantic region – that can be your one-stop-shop for these types of products.
- Unruly Sports – Official Supplier of USTA Mid-Atlantic promotional merchandise: https://unrulysports.com/
- Reston Shirt – Official Supplier of USTA Mid-Atlantic apparel: https://www.restonshirt.com/
- Pop-iT Tennis – USTA Mid-Atlantic #ServeItForward Community Partner: https://www.popitpickup.com/
To learn more about some of our other preferred business and other ways we have partnered with businesses locally here in Mid-Atlantic, check out our #ServeitForward Business List!
USTA Mid-Atlantic Preferred Partners
Partner with USTA Mid-Atlantic Section to engage with the tennis community
Lead USTA Mid-Atlantic’s social conversations to High School-age youth
Work positively/collaboratively with other high school ambassadors and representatives from USTA MAS
Develop and host virtual programming to keep high school tennis players connected
Be part of a larger movement to help communities and people in the Mid-Atlantic region through the sport of tennis.
Stay connected to tennis this summer and join in on the new Junior Team Summer Community Challenge. As part of USTA Mid-Atlantic’s #ServeItForward Campaign, all Junior tennis players are encouraged to join in on this fun, engaging points race that celebrates team play AND gives back to the tennis community. Plus, there are fun prizes for participating!
Read how people in the Mid-Atlantic are serving it forward by serving off the court.