Serving Up Life Lessons and Sportsmanship in Norhern California

USTA Serves President, Mary Carillo attends Harper for Kids Family Day

Harper for Kids Family Day took place at the Bank of the West Classic on Saturday, July 31st.  USTA Serves President Mary Carillo was on hand with Mary Joe Fernandez and Andrea Jaeger, joining Harper for Kids co-founder and former WTA player Peanut Louie Harper and her husband Tim Harper, to speak with the kids about success and good sportsmanship. The participants were taught by Harper for Kids tennis coaches through a series of games and tennis drills with mini tennis nets.

The lessons and values taught at Family Day are a continuation of what the Harper for Kids program teaches throughout the year.  Through the implementation of various tennis festivals in local public schools in San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods the program has taught hundreds of predominately at-risk children about legendary Coach John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success."

This philosophy helps kids achieve their personal best, and encourages that they always give 100% effort while demonstrating good sportsmanship. According to Sheila Burke, Physical Education Teacher at McKinleyElementary School, "the kids learn about working hard in order to be successful.  It’s not about who is the fastest or has the best moves.  Everyone can improve when they try their best."

Harper for Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide children with educational and enrichment programs to cultivate, inspire and develop leadership skills and promote healthy character development. Harper for Kids is able to deliver their message to children thanks in large part to the grants from USTA Serves and USTA Northern California.

USTA Serves - the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence.  USTA Northern California has seen numerous organization benefit from more than $288,500 in grants. Over the years the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Break the Barriers, Community Partnership for Youth, Standing Tall Tennis and Youth Tennis Advantage were among those to also receive funding.

USTA Serves touches the lives of individuals as well. Thirty students throughout the Section have felt the positive impact of $176,000 in college scholarships.  USTA Serves has disbursed over $10 million to fund 180 programs in more than 136 cities in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  More than 170,000 children have received tennis, education, health and wellness support – including more than 18 million hours of mentoring, tutoring and nutrition guidance.  In addition, the Foundation has awarded more than 600 player incentive awards and scholarships to middle school students and high school seniors.

You can help USTA Serves make a difference by donating at any time or when you renew your membership on-line. All you have to do is click on the box that says you want to donate to USTA Serves. Half the money you donate will be given right back to USTA Northern California, and the other half will be used to help fund deserving programs across the country.