Last year, we struck up a Special Friendship with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). Thanks to Robin Jones, its Manager of National Military Outreach and Kristi Wright, we have been reaching out to 1100 of USTA's community programs to afford them the opportunity to support warriors from their state and provide comfort and goodies to our warriors in harm's way. This also includes tennis sets that the USTA has been sending to our troopers for recreation.
In April 2012, the USTA joined Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for a spectacular "Happening" for the Sailors and Aviators aboard the Super Carrier. For more info on this event, click here.
The USTA has a program called "Adopt-a-Unit." The Adopt-a-Unit effort is designed to guide tennis organizations and players to ‘adopt’ a military unit of approximately 75-100 soldiers serving in Afghanistan or Kuwait by sending care packages of necessities. In turn, the USTA sends portable tennis equipment to the adopted unit with instructions and educational information on tennis. The effort allows the tennis community to show support and to introduce soldiers to a recreational means for reintegrating with family, friends and community upon their return from conflict.
Already, the Adopt-a-Unit program has sent goodies to many of our units. As our partnership with the USTA develops, we will provide you with more info but we are thrilled to have the USTA as one of our Special Friends! Thanks Robin and Kristi!
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., October 17, 2011 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced it is offering free one-year USTA Junior Memberships to all children ages ten years and younger that are new to the USTA. Children of active duty military, National Guard, Reservists and Veterans are invited to take advantage of this membership promotion, which launched earlier this year. The offer is open to all first-time junior members now until December 31, 2011. Junior memberships regularly cost $19.
To join the USTA and receive the free membership, new junior members in military families can sign up by one of the following ways using source code: RIBBONU10
Pix above from Craig Joint Theater Hospital. The USTA recently sent a portable tennis kit to our adoptee, MSgt Scott B, and they set up the net inside a hanger and played some tennis! You can see stretchers standing up against a wall in one of the pix. Thanks to our buddy Robin and the USTA for taking care of our warriors!