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USTA Military, Family & Veterans Outreach

Junior Team Tennis players serve the troops

Players pack bags to send to military personnel deployed in Afghanistan.
Players participate in the USTA's Adopt-a-Unit program.
by Sarah Houseknecht

Cayce, S.C. --
The Junior Team Tennis 14U Intermediate players took time off the court today at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center to put together care packages for a unit out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina through the USTA’s Adopt a Unit program.

"The USTA’s Military Outreach program is a great way to remind our youth of all that our service members are doing to protect their freedoms," said Adrienne Di Menna, USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Manager. "Our JTT teams have provided thoughtful care packages and USTA Serves will also provide the unit with portable tennis equipment as well. It’s a great opportunity to give back."

Players from the Southern, Hawaii Pacific, Eastern and New England sections packed up goodie bags while many other intermediate and advanced teams donated a variety of gifts including granola bars, beef jerky, hot chocolate, candy, sunflower seeds, hand sanitizer, socks and more.

"I thought it was nice to help out because they do so much for us," said Kelli Osajima of Southern’s Legacy Park team. "It’s good to give back to them."

The teams at JTT Nationals also wrote letters to the troops which will be sent overseas with their care packages.

"They are giving up a lot of stuff to help the country," said Sabahudin Cecunjanin of New England’s Old Saybrook Racquet Club. "I think it means a lot to them to know people here still care."

The Adopt-A-Unit effort is designed to guide tennis organizations and players to ‘adopt’ a military unit of anywhere between 25-100 service members deployed to Afghanistan by sending care packages of necessities. In turn, USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, will send portable tennis equipment to the adopted unit on your behalf with instructions and educational information on tennis. The effort allows the tennis community to show support and to introduce soldiers to a recreational means for reintegrating with family, friends and community upon their return from conflict.

For more information on USTA Military Outreach, please visit http://www.usta.com/About-USTA/usta_military_outreach/.
 
 

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