Last month, Hurricane Harvey settled over Houston and impacted so many people in our area.
We’re proud to call Houston home, and in a time such as this, we want to do whatever we can to help those affected by the storm to get back on serve.
We are working with two organizations to assist recovery in our area.
All Hands Volunteers quickly brought its operation to Texas and has made a two-year commitment to “rebuild hope for families and communities” impacted by Hurricane Harvey. This national organization specializes in coordinating volunteer forces to get into the community to do the work where it is needed most.
Teams of volunteers are working throughout our area every day, helping with debris removal, cleaning up muck and other aspects of the immediate response phase. All Hands will remain in the area for at least two years to then see the recovery phase through to its conclusion. You can learn more about their response here.
We are in contact with All Hands, and will be pursuing opportunities for the tournament staff and volunteers to spend time in the community working with their teams in the coming months and years.
In addition, the tournament has made a monetary donation to All Hands, and when the ATP World Tour asked how they could help our community, we asked them to do the same. If you would like to contribute to All Hands and their Harvey relief efforts, you may do so here. All Hands is committed to using 100% of all donations to help those impacted by Harvey.
We are also working closely with the Houston Tennis Association’s National Junior Tennis League Chapter on their storm recovery, both through helping their families rebuild but also in addressing the needs of area youth tennis organizations that may have suffered a loss during the storm.
NJTL has identified four local families who were severely impacted by the storm, and our tournament staff will be personally assisting those families as they work to restore their lives and homes in the coming months. These families are in different parts of the Houston area, each with children who participate in NJTL programs.
Additionally, we are working with the NJTL to identify the needs of youth and school tennis programs that suffered from the storm. From rebuilding courts, repairing nets and replacing lost racquets and balls, we are going to work with the NJTL to ensure local youth tennis programs are back to normal as soon as possible.
We know this has not been an easy few weeks, and for many, the path to recovery is really just getting started. We hope our efforts can make a difference to those in our community and provide some relief in this challenging time.