Read, Listen, Watch, Act
The events of the last two weeks have shocked our region, our nation and the world while still grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, while we attempt to make sense of current events, we must remember that discrimination in any form can be as destructive as any virus. The only way to prevent that destruction is for our diverse tennis community to make a commitment to respect and care for each other at all times.
USTA Mid-Atlantic has made that commitment to respect and care. We don’t just preach diversity and inclusion, this is who we are and what we value as an organization (click here to read more). And we use our values to work toward our mission to grow the sport of tennis by creating accessible and inclusive opportunities that enrich ALL lives (click here to find out more). Our vision is tennis for EVERY community. We believe that not only is tennis for everyone but that through the sport of tennis we can improve lives by fostering health, connections, communication, and community.
We, at USTA Mid-Atlantic, recognize that fulfilling our mission takes time and effort. So we have created a listing of resources to read, listen, watch and act upon which emphasizes materials from tennis, sports, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Over the coming weeks, we are adding to these resources and we are using them to listen and engage with each other within our organization and with our tennis family at large. We will continue to share these out with you and invite you to join us on this journey as we work to create a happier, healthier, and more inclusive community.
- Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity and How Sports Can Bring Us Together by James Blake & Carol Taylor
- Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
- Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis for kids ages 5-8
- We Matter: Athletes and Activism by Etan Thomas
- The Match: Althea Gibson & Angela Buxton: How Two Outsiders--One Black, the Other Jewish--Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History by Bruce Schoenfeld
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Rafael López
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Listen to players speak:
- ‘We Need to Talk’, with CBS Sports: Taylor Townsend and Frances Tiafoe join to talk about how they are using their platforms to spread awareness on racial inequality - Click here to listen
- Tennis.com Podcast: Donald Dell on Pushing for Progress - Listen here
- Floodlines Podcast, hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II. - Episode VI: Reckoning
- Only a Game, from NPR - Listen here
RisetoWin.org - Digital Learning Series
The Growing Impact of Diversity and Inclusion in Professional Sports, from the BOLD Business
- Game Set Chat! Town Hall Special Edition: Watch here
- Reconstruction in America: Watch here
- Breaking the Barriers - The ATA and Black Tennis Pioneers: Watch here
- How To Talk To Your Kids About Racism: An Age-by-Age Guide from Today's Parent: Read and Watch here
- From The Undefeated, "Exploring White Privilege" - Watch it here
- Black Girls RUN! - owned by a woman in Richmond, who is from Norfolk, and went to George Mason University. Has a philanthropic arm: https://blackgirlsrun.com/pages/bgr-foundation
- Equal Justice Initiative - Get Involved here
- The Elephant We Don't See: A Diversity Dialogue by Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Conversations will take place every Tuesday, register here to join in.
- The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture launched Talking About Race, an online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. Click here to explore.
- Find the best volunteer opportunities near Washington DC. Act and volunteer in your community today.
- Reach out to USTA Mid-Atlantic if you have any questions