Florida is among the 17 USTA sections, driven by the USTA national body and the national USTA Foundation, that has pledged to donate $350,000 to restore tennis facilities and restart tennis programming throughout Puerto Rico.
It has been one year since the devastation across the island, with the goal of the effort to give the children and families in Puerto Rico the opportunity to enjoy all of the benefits that the game of tennis can provide.
“Last September our Caribbean Section family was impacted by Hurricane Maria,” said USTA Chairwoman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “The storm was devastating to the people of Puerto Rico, and now one year later we look to help bring back tennis to Puerto Rico and the families and kids who love our sport.”
The USTA used the recent US Open as a platform for raising awareness of the effort, with promotion on site, as well as across US Open and USTA social channels. Individuals can join the effort by making a donation through the USTA Foundation via ustafoundation.com/SupportPR.
The funds raised from the initiative will go directly towards efforts in Puerto Rico.
“There is much to be done beyond the tennis court as Puerto Rico rebuilds, but this is where the USTA can utilize their expertise, and make an impact,” Adams added. “The goal of this project is to breathe new life into these facilities and programs, and give the people the chance to step onto the court and for that brief period of time, use the sport of tennis to return to normalcy.”
All contributions to the initiative are tax deductible. The USTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization.