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.

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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

Abilities Tennis hosts Winter Chill event

ATA hosts  four tournaments a year,  including a national tournament that draws athletes from all over the United States.
Abilities Tennis hosted its sixth annual Winter Chill, a tournament for special needs athletes at N.C. State University. The event incorporated an “Adopt a Unit” project, with athletes sending cards and socks to troops overseas. Read More
 

San Antonio CTA provides Adaptive Tennis opportunities

SATA has organized several Adaptive Tennis events  that have brought tennis into the lives of over 750 young tennis players.
Tennis is a sport that everyone can play, and the San Antonio Tennis Association (SATA) is providing the opportunity of adaptive tennis to disabled players across the city. This past year, SATA hosted four different Special Olympics/Adaptive Tennis events affecting more than 750 young players. Read More
 

Team USA to Compete at Australian Championships

The mission of Athletes Without Limits is to build a tennis program that will place US players with intellectual disability at the top of the podium at international tournaments and World Championships.
Opportunities for tennis players from the U.S. with intellectual disability to compete against their peers are growing. Now, for the first time ever, a team of four U.S. players has been invited to compete at the Australian Championships. Read More
 

Radio broadcasting brings Australian Open to life for the blind

Radio broadcasting brings the Australian Open to life for the blind and visually impaired.
Tennis can be difficult to watch when you're blind or visually impaired. But tennis on the radio is making a comeback thanks to the internet. And the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2014, the Australian Open, is being broadcast live. Read More
 

Tennis Buddies honored with National Adaptive Award

The Tennis Buddies programs provide year-round training opportunities for tennis athletes with developmental and physical disabilities.
The Omaha Tennis Buddies of Omaha, Neb., were awarded the 2013 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award. The USTA bestows this recognition upon a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community. 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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