November 15, 2018

For the third consecutive year, USTA Mid-Atlantic is a proud recipient of the CARE Award from Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS).  This award recognizes USTA Mid-Atlantic as a responsive employer and for a deep community impact, outstanding employee engagement and culture, and progressive family-friendly policies.  Being a CARE Award winner shows commitment to employee satisfaction and a strong connection with the local community.


As a non-profit charitable organization, USTA Mid-Atlantic is committed to the mission to grow tennis to help change lives and communities in the Mid-Atlantic through the sport. Our work helps people and communities grow stronger, healthier and more connected through increased access to tennis. Through tennis, USTA Mid-Atlantic is giving thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to get physically active, cultivate bonds, experience personal growth and explore leadership opportunities to flourish on and off the court.



Integral to the success of the organization to make an impact among local communities and succeed on the mission is the culture created by the employees and leadership of USTA Mid-Atlantic. Staff at USTA Mid-Atlantic are forward-thinking and embrace an environment that is innovative, inclusive, supportive and thrives on fun too.


“We are absolutely thrilled to be honored with the CARE Award from NVFS for a third year,” said Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, chief executive officer of USTA Mid-Atlantic. “This award is a direct reflection of our talented staff and their contributions to our work environment, culture and outcomes.  We are deeply proud of the culture we’ve created that puts our people first and of the work we do to care for and give back to our local communities to help more people live happy, healthy lives.”


Beyond contributing to the mission, USTA Mid-Atlantic staff are active stewards of the local community and connect through volunteerism and social responsibility opportunities to make a positive impact. Together, staff participated in such endeavors as regular collection of non-perishable foods, cleaning and hygiene products for needy families, Generosity Feeds meal preparation and packaging for children, backpack and school supply donations for vulnerable families, and partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to sponsor a new garden and provide tennis programming to youth. In addition, many Mid-Atlantic staff members volunteer for initiatives that are meaningful to them.


For more than 25 years, the CARE Awards have recognized outstanding companies moving the needle to make Northern Virginia a better place for everyone to work, live and play. Community engagement — along with outstanding employee engagement and culture, and progressive family-friendly policies — is a key pillar of CARE-ing companies.


CARE Award winners are selected based on their performance in the categories of community involvement and impact, health and wellness benefits, work-life programs and policies, and development and education programs.


“CARE Award winners are leaders in our community who are both inspirational and aspirational,” shares Stephanie Berkowitz, president and CEO at Northern Virginia Family Service. “They continue to show us through their actions and their values that our economy, our community and our bottom lines are strongest when we engage deeply both within our community and with our people.”


Awards were presented at the 26th Annual CARE Awards Breakfast, held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner. Michael Neibauer, Associate Editor, Washington Business Journal, served as moderator for the event and panel discussion.


Learn more about the culture of USTA Mid-Atlantic and how you can be part of our team giving back through tennis and to the local community.  If you’d like to connect with the USTA Mid-Atlantic staff, you can find us here.


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