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USPTA Announces a National Day of Giving

LAKE NONA, FL, April 20, 2023 - The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Inc. is pleased to announce the establishment of the USPTA National Day of Giving, from May 19-21, to raise money in support of the USPTA’s efforts to grow the game of tennis in underserved communities. The association is looking forward to using the platform of National Tennis Month to jumpstart its fundraising efforts. 

The specific date for the USPTA National Day of Giving will be Friday, May 19, but the promotion will extend to that weekend of May 20-21. During any of those three days, or throughout the month of May, USPTA professionals will run events at their facilities or clubs, with the proceeds being donated to the USPTA Fund, under the umbrella of the USTA Foundation. Other USPTA professionals will donate a portion of their lesson income during that time.

The USPTA raises money for worthy causes where USPTA professionals are involved. The funds will enable the USPTA to make donations to grassroots organizations introducing tennis to those who are less fortunate. The money will be granted to USPTA members who are involved with charitable organizations that help underserved communities.

May is going to be an exciting month for tennis and a special time for our sport. Let’s rally our troops and do what we can to help those organizations who serve the less fortunate,” said John Embree, USPTA CEO. “The more USPTA professionals that participate, the easier it will be to accomplish our goal.”

With this money, the USTA Foundation Grant Committee and a USPTA liaison will meet in the fall to determine which 501(c)(3) organizations that have USPTA professional involvement deserve to receive grants that will support their mission. All donations made will be tax deductible.

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. Learn more at


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