Lessons for Life
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USPTA members are active fundraisers in their communities, using tennis as a vehicle for helping others. Through Lessons for LifeTM, USPTA encourages this activity and tracks some of the impact that tennis professionals have on local and national charities.
The impact has been substantial. From 1999-2011, USPTA members have raised more than $47 million in donations.
Lessons for Life is officially celebrated in October. However, USPTA members run fundraisers year-round, and they take a variety of forms, such as tournaments, pro-ams, auctions, black-tie dinners and clinics. Each event might raise hundreds or more than a hundred thousand dollars for local or national charities.
"Our members continue to stay committed to raising money for important chartiable causes, while at the same time bringing their communities together through these efforts with tennis," said Diane Selke, Lessons for Life chair, USPTA Master Professional and head tennis professional at Valley Country Club in Centennial, Colo.
In their reports, individual USPTA members have indicated that they have been doing fundraisers for the same charities for years. Others have been motivated to organize new fundraisers - and, in at least one case, co-found a nonprofit foundation - because of hardships that have struck members of their own tennis communities.
Benefiting charities have included American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Scripps Stevens Cancer Center and many smaller, local charities.
Members of the public may find a fundraiser to participate in by contacting a USPTA-certified Professional or Recreational Coach, or by locating a USPTA member through Find-a-Pro on this Web site.
USPTA members should contact their respective divisional Lessons for Life liaisons with details about their fundraisers. Click here to log in.