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USTA Serves To Host Philanthropic Fundraising Reception To Kick Off World Tennis Day

Exclusive VIP Packages Now Available for Purchase at USTAServes.com Include Opportunity to Meet Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Proceeds to Benefit Four New York Metro National Junior Tennis and Learning Chapters

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 20, 2014 – USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, today announced that it will host a fundraising reception on March 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Essex House Hotel in New York City. The reception is part of the World Tennis Day Celebration, and will raise funds to support USTA Serves’ funding of scholarships and programming grants to under-resourced youth at four New York metro National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters.

Supporters can purchase a variety of exclusive VIP packages, ranging from $500 to $50,000 at www.ustaserves.com. Packages include a private meet-and-greet during the reception with some of tennis’ top stars, including world No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic, world No. 6-ranked Andy Murray, and the world No.1-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan. All four players are scheduled to compete the following evening at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden. Other packages include tickets to the Showdown as well as an opportunity to watch tennis from the USTA President’s Suite during the 2014 US Open.

Along with celebrity guests and other long-time supporters of USTA Serves, other highlights of the evening include renowned performance painter and finalist from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” David Garibaldi, who will entertain guests with two original paintings. Both pieces will be featured in a live auction prior to the conclusion of the event.

USTA Serves is the official charity of this year’s BNP Paribas Showdown, now in its seventh year. Also set to participate in the showdown are Hall-of-Famer John McEnroe and USTA Player Development General Manager and ESPN analyst Patrick McEnroe.

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USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence. For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.ustaserves.com.

The USTA/National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of more than 630 non-profit youth development organizations that provide free or low cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 350,000 children each year. NJTL develops the character of young people by emphasizing the ideals and life of co-founder Arthur Ashe. While NJTL’s vary in size and programming, this growing network shares a commitment to positive youth development, the importance of education and tennis as a lifetime sport.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States 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 percent 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 Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s national charitable foundation, 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, USTA Communications, (914) 697-2275; sheppard@usta.com

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