The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship has designated the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter of the Houston Tennis Association (HTA) as the tournament beneficiary.
The National Junior Tennis and Learning program was founded by Arthur Ashe, the 1967 US Clay champion. The NJTL programs are designed to develop the character of children through tennis and education.
The programs actively reach out to youth who may not otherwise have the chance to participate in tennis through free and low-cost opportunities. In addition to teaching tennis skills, the programs seek to encourage the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence among participants.
In Houston, a partnership between the HTA and the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department sees more than 6,000 kids participate annually in NJTL programs at 44 different facilities throughout the city. Nationally, NJTL programs are supported by the United States Tennis Association Foundation.
Through the partnership between the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship and the HTA, a portion of proceeds from the ATP World Tour event held each April at River Oaks Country Club will be donated to support local NJTL programming. The tournament will also be active in various NJTL events during the year, including the annual Kids Day at Memorial Park.
ATP World Tour players and the organizers of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship visited the Houston Tennis Association's National Junior & Learning clinics during the 2018 tournament. The players and tournament are contributing to resurface the park's courts that were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Watch the full video from their Sunnyside Park visit HERE
Thanks you your donation of unused tickets to the Ticket Turnback program over the year. In 2018, proceeds from those ticket resales were part of a $50,000 donation the tournament made directly to Pediatric Trauma at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Your generosity in supporting this program is greatly appreciated.