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USTA to Bring Tennis to Military Veterans and Wounded Warriors



November 02, 2011
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 2, 2011 – The USTA today announced that it has donated two tennis courts to the Charlie Norwood Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. for its tennis therapy training programs. The donation of the courts is part of the USTA's ongoing military outreach efforts to support U.S. military service members and their families, who continue to sacrifice in order to serve our country. Representatives from the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC), Freedom Alliance and the USTA will dedicate the courts at a ribbon cutting ceremony November 9th.

The two courts, designed and installed by Sport Court®, were built last year to help kick-off First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let Move!" program on the White House Lawn. They will now be used to help veterans and wounded warriors in their physical therapy and recovery from injuries. As the only VA facility in partnership with an active duty Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), Charlie Norwood's new tennis therapy program will also serve as a rehabilitation space for wounded warriors from the nearby Warrior Transition Unit in Ft. Gordon.

"The USTA is honored to provide a resource that will better enable our military veterans and wounded warriors an opportunity to excel in their therapy and recovery," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. "We are proud to partner with Freedom Alliance and showcase how tennis is truly the sport of opportunity."

"We greatly appreciate the commitment shown by the USTA and Connor Sport Courts in promoting the healing journey and recovery of our wounded troops through this very generous donation of tennis courts," said Tom Kilgannon, Freedom Alliance President.

"The CNVAMC is appreciative of the support and generous donation of the tennis courts," said Robin Brown, Acting Public Affairs Officer, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. "Active Duty Rehabilitation remains the only inpatient program dedicated to the treatment of active duty service members. The therapy provided here is done in an environment conducive to the rehabilitation of young service members with state-of-the-art equipment and prosthetics."

Through the USTA's partnership with Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization that sponsors numerous program activities aimed at supporting and honoring our service members and their families, the USTA will be offering training and volunteers for the facility.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, "like" the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

For more information, contact:

Jasmine Sheppard, Communications Coordinator, USTA

914-697-2275; sheppard@usta.com

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