Last Friday, the Queens College men's tennis team once again had the amazing opportunity of helping the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation "Serving up Dreams" with its annual fundraiser at the US Open Tennis Championships.
Photo courtesy of QueensKnights.com.
During the event, donors get to compete with past tennis champions. It is an experience of a lifetime, and all proceeds of the event supports the USTA Foundation's mission of bringing tennis and education together to change lives. The Knights helped with court monitoring, supplying the players with refreshments and making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the day.
"We'd like to thank the USTA, Karen Ford and Maiysha Warren for letting the Queens College men's tennis team be a part of the 'Serving Up Dreams' foundation," said Queens head coach Somadi Druker.
Some of the tennis legends donating their time to this foundation were Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Michael Chang, Nick Bollettieri and many more.
The USTA Foundation is an entity that provides grants and scholarships through tennis. This event helps the foundation to change underserved youth and people with disabilities, striving for excellence to improve academics. Studies have shown that youth who play tennis are healthier and less prone to risky behaviors like binge drinking and cigarette smoking. They are also less likely to be overweight or at-risk for being overweight.
Overall, the foundation raises money to support these life-changing programs through donations and special events like the one the Queens College men were a part of. To date, it has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to more than 2017 programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults though tennis, educational and health curricula.