DIVERSITY

OVERVIEW

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Diversity and Inclusion is a strategic priority for the USTA and one of our core values.  Diversity allows us to touch "All of America" and Inclusion allows "All of America" to touch us. Our responsibility as the National Governing Body for the sport obligates us to identify and lead in removing barriers to allow us to be inclusive so that tennis reflects all of America.

Follow us on our mission to develop and promote the growth of tennis!
 

ENGAGEMENT GUIDES

At the USTA, we celebrate the open format -- the idea that anyone from anywhere should be able to play and compete. That’s the driving force behind our Diversity & Inclusion strategy, designed to grow and promote our sport to the next generation of fans, players and volunteers. And to do that, we are removing barriers and creating opportunities wherever we can so that tennis becomes a true reflection of all of America.

Below you’ll find four targeted guides to reach out to key segments vital to the growth of tennis across the United States. With your help, we can make sure the game of tennis remains relevant, beloved and, most importantly, open to generations of players to come.
 
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FEATURES

Laredo Tennis fit for a king

Martin High School Homecoming King, Cruz Ramos, says tennis has changed his life!
The Laredo Tennis Association features a program for the blind and visually impaired that is "more than tennis!" Cruz Ramos, a high school senior, used the newfound confidence he gained from his success in tennis to run for Homecoming King at Martin High School ... and won! Read More
 

USTA awards $150,000 In Multicultural Excellence grants

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The USTA has awarded $150,000 in Multicultural Excellence Program and Individual Player grants to eight organizations and more than 100 student-athletes across the country. Read More
 

The Williams Sisters: Rise to Stardom

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Venus and Serena Williams have combined to win 24 Grand Slam singles championships, 13 majors in doubles and five Olympic gold medals, blazing a path for future generations of African-American tennis players.​ Read More
 

The Next Generation

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Venus and Serena Williams and James Blake are among the most well-known African-Americans to have etched their way into the tennis history books. But they may soon have company. There are a number of young up-and-comers on the horizon who are poised for big things in the years to come. Read More
 

MaliVai Washington: Developing the Future

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Former Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington has been a crusader for youth players for two decades, bringing tennis to underprivileged kids in the city of Jacksonville, Fla. Read More
 

USTA.com celebrates Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, and USTA.com celebrates by looking at the impact and achievements of African Americans in our great sport of tennis.

RECRUITMENT

At the United States Tennis Association we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our workplace through recruitment, hiring, retention, training and professional development of a diverse group of employees. We also strive to maintain and promote an inclusive culture in which individual differences are respected and valued as qualities that strengthen our working environment and contribute to our ability to promote and develop the growth of tennis at every level in the United States -- from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.
 
For employment opportunities, please visit: http://yourserve.usta.com/workforus
 
Remember, you do not need to be a tennis professional to be part of the winning team.

GRANTS

Financial disparity is consistently identified as a significant barrier that prevents multicultural players from getting into the sport.  To help boost tennis participation among aspiring multicultural players, the USTA has created the Multicultural Grants Program, which offers grants to programs and individual players. Learn more about these grants.

Read News You Can Use about how two players, Zina Garrison and Katrina Adams, made it to the pro tour before a multicultural grant process was established.

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

It is the policy of the USTA to ensure that opportunities to participate in the bidding and procurement process are provided to certified Diverse-Owned businesses*. Grounded in the organization’s culture of High Performance, this policy promotes diversity among the USTA’s supplier base and is reflective of the desire to "Look like America" across all disciplines.

The effective implementation of our Supplier Diversity policy broadens the USTA’s access to the widest selection of qualified supplier candidates, increases competition in the vendor selection process and demonstrates our resolve to have a positive impact on all communities in which we live, work and play.

For more information on the USTA’s supplier diversity program or to register as a Diverse Supplier, please contact Donna Dozier Gordon at Donna.Gordon@usta.com .

Please note: to register as a diverse-owned business with the USTA, businesses must be certified by a third party. The USTA recognizes third party certification by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (www.nmsdc.org), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (www.wbenc.com), the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (www.nglcc.org) or that of federal, state or local governments.

*Diverse owned businesses are defined as businesses that are 51 percent owned by women, members of the LGBT community or members of the following minority groups: African-American, Latino American, Asian-Pacific American, Asian-Indian American and Native American.
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