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Missouri Valley / St. Louis

East St. Louis CTA Receives Anonymous Donation

Shrarre' Smith  |  November 19, 2019

With the holidays just around the corner and the spirit of giving in the air, the East St. Louis Community Tennis Association (CTA) recently received their own share of generosity from an anonymous donor.  


The East St. Louis CTA is a nonprofit charitable organization driven by the purpose of developing youth through the sport of tennis. They provide tennis lessons, equipment, and education designed to build skills and character in life and on the tennis court. Running a community tennis program with a limited budget is not free of difficulties, so any donations to these organizations are helpful and appreciated.


Regardless of whether it’s the holiday season or not, the East St. Louis CTA gives back to the tennis community all year long. Volunteer groups and nonprofit organizations like the East St. ADVERTISEMENT Louis CTA do much to help their local tennis communities at the grassroots level, and often rely on support from volunteers and donations. 


The East St. Louis CTA recently received a special anonymous donation just preceding the Thanksgiving holiday. Several gently used tennis racquets with a $100 bill attached were donated to the organization by a tennis player whose identity remains unknown. The anonymous donor dropped the tennis equipment off at Racketman, a local tennis retail shop in the St. Louis area. Racketman serves as a “drop off” location where players can donate their used tennis equipment to be used by local tennis programs.


“We are so thankful for the donated tennis equipment and we will definitely put the money to good use for upcoming winter training,” shared Scott Stinson, founder of the East St. Louis CTA. 


The racquets will be used by local tennis players, including an East St. Louis high school tennis team, who don’t own racquets themselves. The donated tennis equipment and funds allows players to improve their tennis skills and offers them the multitude of benefits that tennis has to offer.


Racketman donates to the organization on a regular basis, donating approximately 30 racquets per year along with grips, shirts, backpacks, and more. Stinson and the East St. Louis CTA continually show a deep gratitude to Racketman for their ongoing support toward local tennis.


Whatever the season, charitable actions continue to act as the gifts that keep on giving, inspiring others to continue the chain of giving back to grassroots-level tennis.


Find out more about CTAs, nominate a CTA for an award, or get involved with a CTA near you.


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