The USTA has stepped up with $50 million to support the tennis industry and it could not have come at a better time as most in the industry are feeling the strain.
This is both an act of generosity and a wise investment because it will help the industry thrive once more. A good portion of these monies will be at the discretion of each USTA Section to distribute as all have profound needs, and it will not be easy to decide which worthy organizations participate.
In our area, I hope we include support for the publication which brings us together and serves us daily online, monthly in our clubs and yearly at a unique event with information, wisdom, recognition and enthusiasm.
The loss of this resource because its impact and importance are undervalued would be more than sad.
It would diminish us all.
Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.