USTA Pride Month panel to highlight LGBTQ+ volunteers and leaders in local tennis
The USTA's Partners Business Resource Group (BRG) is proud to present 'LGBTQ Life in the Tennis Ecosystem,' a virtual panel event featuring five grassroots tennis activists and administrators in celebration of Pride Month on Monday, June 28.
Hosted by Nick McCarvel, five local USTA leaders - Ashley Massengale, Dave Killian, Jean Telfort, Matt Olson and Melissa Romig - will speak on how they grow the game at the local level through community tennis organizations (CTAs), leadership roles, and recreational and club tennis, for all ages and abilities.
The panelists' resumes are as follows:
Ashley Massengale: USTA League Nat'l Committee; Board Member, USTA Southern; Past President, USTA Georgia & USTA Atlanta
Dave Killian: USTA Pro Circuit Nat'l Committee; Board Member, Gay Games
Jean Telfort: Founder, Tennis Family Group CTA and NYC Local Organizer, Metropolitan Tennis Group
Matt Olson: USTA New England Executive Director and former USTA Atlanta Executive Director
Melissa Romig: Founder of 'Novice Night' at Sets In the City Dallas, a CTA founded for lesbian and queer women, open to all players
The expected topics of discussion will include:
- Beyond the pro tour: LGBTQ+ engagement in grassroots tennis
- Pride & passion: How LGBTQ+ staff & volunteers give back to tennis
- Open for all: Tennis as a safe space for all ages & backgrounds
- Get into the game: What's next for LGBTQ+ tennis as the sport surges in the U.S.?
In addition, these leaders will highlight how others can engage the LGBTQ+ community in their local areas, using the sport's momentum from 2020 to get more people of all backgrounds involved in tennis.
While the panel is tailored to USTA staff & volunteers at the national, section, district, and community levels as well as LGBTQ+ staff and volunteers at tennis clubs and elsewhere in the industry and allies, the panel is open to all.
The virtual panel will be held via Zoom from 3 p.m. EST. To register for the event, click here.