LAKE NONA, Fla. – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud to present the USPTA Lessons for Life™ Award to Clint Sumrow of Plano, Texas.
“We are so proud to recognize Clint with this award,” USPTA CEO John Embree said. “Clint’s efforts with the Children Helping Children tournament has made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many people.”
In 2019, Sumrow co-directed the 29th annual Children Helping Children tennis tournament, which raised over $85,000 in 2019. The tournament was founded by his parents, Ken and Pam Sumrow, in 1991 after he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, which he beat after a year of treatment. Over 375 players competed in the USTA sanctioned junior open singles tournament, and it also featured raffles, a silent auction and adult mixer. Sumrow is a USPTA Elite Professional and has been a member for seven years.
The USPTA Lessons for Life™ Award recognizes USPTA members who have done the most to raise money for charities through tennis events. While the award spotlights individuals that have raised large amounts of money, it also honors those hosting the most creative, original or unique tennis event to raise money for charities. An individual hosting an event raising the most money will not necessarily receive this award.
About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions nationwide, the Association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.