USPTA Lessons for Life Award b

Matthew Hanlin (McKinney, TX)

Matthew Hanlin received the USPTA Lessons for Life Award for raising money for charity by utilizing unique and creative tennis events. Hanlin created the Rally for Houston event after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to help several families in the flood zone that might also be involved in tennis. In two short weeks he created, organized and executed an amazing evening of tennis for the local community. Rally for Houston featured four local ATP pros, three Davis Cup players, a massive auction, a local exhibition between two rival clubs, an ATP exhibition between the ATP pros, food, raffles and even a chance for all the spectators to play against the ATP players. The event raised $10,000 for Houston families, which was given to the USTA to distribute among the victims in the Houston area.