USPTA Launches Relief Effort for Members

September 16, 2005 10:37 AM

The United States Professional Tennis Association is launching a national campaign to assist its member tennis-teaching professionals and their families who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Many not only lost their jobs at clubs, resorts and public parks, but they also lost their homes. USPTA is asking for donations to assist these members as they recover from the recent disaster caused by the hurricane and resulting floods in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Donations may be made on USPTA’s Web site at

Donations of cash or assistance with temporary or permanent jobs will be accepted and recorded by the USPTA World Headquarters and distributed by USPTA’s Southern and Florida divisions and districts. As specific requirements are clearly defined, the divisions will work with individual USPTA members in the affected areas to distribute 100 percent of the donations received. Donations may be used to help members obtain temporary housing, food, water and other essentials.

USPTA also is asking people to provide displaced tennis teachers with jobs if they have openings for a few weeks, months or longer. Employers with job openings are urged to contact Fred Burdick, executive director, USPTA Southern Division, at

Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. With approximately 13,000 members worldwide, it strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. The association offers more than 30 professional benefits for its members, including certification and extensive educational opportunities. It also works with organizations such as USTA, TIA, CMAA and IHRSA to improve tennis programming. More information is available at