The USTA has created numerous programs in recent years to help foster diverse and inclusive environments.
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
The United States Tennis Association has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to creating more diverse and inclusive environments with a nomination for a 2014 Diversity and Inclusion (DANDI) Award in the Sports Category.
The USTA will stand alongside two other organizations that have been nominated in the sports category, including the Executive Women’s Golf Association and The Swim Strong Foundation. The winners in all 12 categories will be revealed when the awards ceremony is held July 31 at the New York Times Building in New York.
“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to embracing and encouraging an inclusive environment within the sport of tennis,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. “In order for us to achieve the USTA’s mission of growing the sport, we believe outreach on the grass-roots level and among diverse groups is essential.”
As part of the USTA’s plan to help grow the sports among a wide range of audiences, five in-house Business Resource Groups were created in 2010: African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Partners-LGBT, Women, and Working Parents. Asian and Millennial groups were also added last year.
Last year, a “Cross Cultural Dexterity Training” program was also created to help better understand the impact that culture has and how to minimize exclusionary behaviors.
The Partners-LGBT Business Resource Group also celebrated Pride History Month this June by showcasing the contributions of “LGBT Champions in Tennis.” Posters of various prominent LGBT tennis executives, staff and players who have positively impacted the sport of tennis have been dispayed throughout the USTA National headquarters in White Plains, N.Y., as well as USTA offices in Carson, Calif., and Boca Raton, Fla.