Tournament players and brothers Conor and Sean Mullins have been working together to help juniors less fortunate than themselves through a program they created called “Pennies for Players.” Conor, 15, and Sean, 13, from Lloyd Harbor, started playing tennis at age 4, and going to national tournaments by age 7. Three years ago, while traveling across the country to play tennis, Conor realized that he and other tournament players could help less advantaged players to enjoy the sport. After registering the project with the USTA, Conor and Sean began distributing coin-collection jars and flyers at tournament sites. Other juniors deposited their change and even dollars, and in the first year, the Mullins’ raised $500 for the Junior Tennis Foundation.
To support Conor and Sean’s efforts to help tennis players less fortunate than themselves, the USTA Eastern Long Island Region is working with the Mullins family to place coin collection jars in organization member facilities during the month of May to collect spare change. Conor and Sean’s mother, Stacey Mullins, will be stopping by clubs to deliver coin-collection containers in early May and will be picking them up one month later. Pennies for Players flyers are available for download at www.longisland.usta.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and to participate.
The Junior Tennis Foundation was incorporated in 1979 as a non-profit organization to raise funds for junior tennis and for tennis for special populations within the Eastern Section. More than $1 million has been given in grants to worthy programs and in scholarships to junior players since the inception of the foundation.