USTA Foundation joins forces with Frances Tiafoe to launch Frances Tiafoe Fund

Victoria Chiesa | July 27, 2023

Two decades ago, a young Frances Tiafoe got his start in tennis at the Junior Tennis Champions Center, a USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis and Learning chapter in College Park, Md. Now a Top 10 player and a Grand Slam semifinalist, Tiafoe is using his platform to give back to the programs that helped shape him.


Tiafoe and the USTA Foundation have teamed up to launch the Frances Tiafoe Fund in support of the USTA Foundation’s mission: changing the lives of under-resourced youth through the powerful combination of tennis and education. The Frances Tiafoe Fund will provide philanthropic support to the more than 270 chapters in the NJTL network across the United States, which provide free or low-cost tennis programming and academic services to more than 130,000 student-athletes nationwide annually. 

Tiafoe returned to JTCC Thursday to officially establish his eponymous fund, where he was joined by the USTA Foundation’s Jeff Harrison, JTCC CEO Ray Benton, and Tennis Channel’s Brett Haber, to make the announcement. As a part of the celebration, the 2022 US Open semifinalist also starred at a tennis clinic for local youth.


“I’m so excited for this opportunity to work with the USTA Foundation and inspire kids who come from my hometown and beyond,” Tiafoe, who admitted he'd been thinking about creating a charity foundation for "a long time," said.


“One of my priorities has always been to show kids that dreams can come true and that success is in everyone–and this fund is just one step further toward that goal."


"This is a big win for young tennis players all around the country," Benton added, "and we're thrilled to be a part of this program."

In the wake of the announcement, USTA Foundation board president Kathleen Wu hailed Tiafoe as a “role model" for youth on and off the court, noting that he is representative of the transformative power that the USTA Foundation's work has done since its founding in 1994.


“He's not just a talented tennis player, he's also a dedicated philanthropist who is committed to giving back to his community,” Wu said. “The Frances Tiafoe Fund is a shining example of his commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. I’m so grateful to Frances for his work with the USTA Foundation, and I'm excited to see how the fund will continue to inspire and empower kids from all backgrounds.”


To celebrate the launch, many of Tiafoe’s brand partners pledged to support his efforts and intend to contribute to the fund. The USTA Foundation contributed a grant of $150,000 to the initial establishment of the fund, and Clif Bar, one of Tiafoe's partners, chipped in another $100,000. Harrison said that the fund will have the potential to affect "hundreds of thousands" of young lives by supporting NJTL services like additional tennis coaching, after-school tutoring and homework help. 


"We're thrilled to join forces with Frances Tiafoe and his family to create the Frances Tiafoe Fund," he said. "We're going to help build a child under Frances' vision."


"I want to tell all the young people who look up to me that it's about the person you are first, and athlete second," Tiafoe continued. "You want to be remembered for who you are, not what you've done. Thank you guys, and let's do something special with this thing."


To learn more about the Frances Tiafoe Fund and the USTA Foundation, please visit and follow @USTAFoundation on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

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