The Professional Tennis Registry Foundation was established in 1979, as the charitable arm of PTR. In order to pursue its aim of raising, administering
and distributing funds for charitable activities, the Foundation was granted 501(C)(3) status as an educational foundation by the Internal Revenue
Service of the United States. PTR has been granted 501(C)(6) status.
Each year, PTR members donate to the Foundation with their membership renewals. These funds are used for various charitable and research activities.
Some of these charitable activities have included Boys and Girls Clubs, Adaptive PE Programs, National Junior Tennis Leagues, junior scholarships,
seed grants to start community tennis programs and other worthwhile projects. The Foundation supports the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships and
the annual Special Olympics Tennis Championships. The Foundation also sponsors wheelchair tennis instruction workshops.
Additionally, the Foundation sponsors free lessons and equipment distribution programs, such as Racquet Roundup. If you would like more information
on the PTR Foundation grants, click here for a grant application, which will
include biannual deadlines for submitting applications, and grant qualification requirements. Also, the Categories of Giving & Receiving is available.
Board of Directors
Scott Tharp, Chairman
Luciano Botti, Vice Chairman
John Powless, Secretary/Treasurer
Dennis Van der Meer, Chairman Emeritus
PTR Foundation - Making Tennis Available to Everyone
One of the PTR Foundation's missions is to bring tennis instruction and equipment to inner cities and rural areas where the opportunity may not
otherwise be available to them. Through the Foundation, tennis programs have been developed in low-income housing projects, after school latch-key
programs, at-risk youth programs and wheelchair tennis rehabilitation programs. As the sport of a lifetime, tennis can be beneficial in building
a better future for these kids as well as a healthier lifestyle of wellness for all ages.
Each year, PTR members donate to the Foundation
when they send in their membership renewals. Contributions to the PTR Foundation make a world of difference in making tennis available to everyone.
Here are just a few examples:
One of the Foundations missions is Global Goodwil. PTR Pro, Mary Tuchscherer recently went on a mission trip to Costa Rica. She
helped teach tennis and English to kids at the San Isidro Middle School.
Mary says, “Thanks again to PTR Foundation and all the PTR members who contribute to it. The racquets and balls you provided me with helped this
tremendous community outreach program. San Isidro.
The program of lessons was a huge hit. I was able to help the school teachers and parents learn how to work with the students too so my visit will
have a lasting effect!
But they do want me to come back again next summer!! Muy Bien!! Pura Vida!!!
In addition, the PTR Foundation supports and promotes wheelchair tennis through player and instructor clinics, published materials and the PTR
Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Over the past 15 years, Special Olympics Tennis has been on the roster of organizations that benefit from
Racquet Roundup, a PTR Foundation program, collects used racquets for distribution to needy players and organizations. The racquets are restrung
by the PTR Foundation with strings provided by Head. Racquets, shoes and balls are also given to organizations like Camp ASCCA, an Easter Seals
camp that enables children with disabilities to enjoy recreation and outdoor education. Many other worthy organizations and programs have also
enjoyed donations as well, including The Methodist Home for Children, Las Vegas Community Center and Wilson County Home School Tennis Clinic.
Father and Son members, Mike and Colin Fehr from Montana recently received a scholarship to help them attend the PTR International Tennis Symposium.
They took back all that they learned and this made a tremendous impact on tennis in the Big Sky State.
This is just a sample of how contributions were used this year by the PTR Foundation. Ensuring tennis is available to everyone is the priority
of the Foundation. It cannot be accomplished without donations. No amount is too small to contribute to growing the game of a lifetime. In
addition, donors can help determine how their investment in tennis is used by earmarking donations to benefit a specific area such as wheelchair
tennis, junior development or education scholarships to the PTR International Tennis Symposium.
Please include a donation to the PTR Foundation in your annual giving or along with your membership renewal. Your contribution will…
Make a World of Difference.
Send your contributions to PTR Foundation, PO Box 4739, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938-4739 and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
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