Efforts to bring the sport—and all the athletic, scholastic and health benefits that it can help engender—to underserved youngsters around the country, have long been a goal, not just of the USTA, but of organizations in cities around the country. They are supported by civic institutions, donors, and various groups and corporations involved in the tennis world.
A current example of how an emerging international brand of tennis apparel is bringing support and joy to inner-city kids has come to our attention, and we hope it inspires others to reach out in kind.
inPhorm, which produces comfortable, stylish and sustainable tennis, golf and athleisure wear, has from its inception in 2008 been aiding several programs with donations of tennis outfits. Its founder and designer, Saad Hajidin, sent us this note and photos that show the joyful reaction of the kids.
It comes from Anne Star, a Board Member of the Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program in Los Angeles, which provides inner-city kids with tennis lessons and clothing, and an involving experience that points them to better health practices, community involvement and success in school and their future lives.
Pete Brown was an esteemed athlete, coach and educator with a lifelong commitment to enriching the lives of children living near the Harvard Tennis Park community in Los Angeles. He devoted his time to PBJTP for 40 years until his death in 2009. To learn more about PBJPT, go to www.pbjtp.org
Star wrote to Hajidin:
“I wanted to let you know that your beautiful inPhorm clothes are being loved! I asked for donations from my friends and raised over $7,000 for our program!! And all our inner-city girls received a special assortment as well as many of the moms. Nearly every person admired how nice the quality is and how beautiful the garments are. When I handed out special bags to each of the girls, I got big hugs and there was a lot of squealing going on! Lol! You made a big group of girls very, very happy today! Probably the nicest tennis apparel they have ever had!
So a huge thank you, Saad! I am beyond grateful and all those hugs I received today were really for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Hajidin and the whole inPhorm family sent back hugs to Anne and to PBJT’s dedicated staff — and, of course, to the kids.
To learn more about inPhorm. go to www.inphormnyc.com.