Members of the USTA Presidential Task Force on Tennis and Higher Education gather inside Arthur Ashe Stadium following their meeting in Manhattan on September 4th.
© Mike Stobe
While the world's best tennis players competed at the US Open on Sunday, ITA Executive Director David Benjamin joined NCAA President Mark Emmert, US Department of Education senior staff member David Whitman, and other leaders from the tennis and education communities for a meeting of the USTA Presidential Task Force on Tennis and Higher Education.
The Task Force has the mission of promoting the importance and value of obtaining a college education to every American child, with tennis serving as the sport of opportunity to achieve that goal. Tennis instills confidence, character, sportsmanship and teamwork, which are important skills on a court, in a classroom and throughout life.
At the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, members of the Task Force discussed developing an educational pathway to help guide children from 10 and Under Tennis through college. Several new projects were also introduced as possibilities that would further promote higher education through tennis.
The Task Force was established in January under the dynamic leadership of USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen, who has championed tennis as the sport of opportunity.
"We could put in place a player development system that creates not only champions on the court, but also champions in life," said Vegosen. "In short, if we were to develop people through tennis, we would inevitably promote and develop the growth of tennis itself."