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USTA Foundation to Serve as Official Charity

USTA FOUNDATION TO SERVE AS THE OFFICIAL CHARITY OF THE 2017 BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN 10th ANNIVERSARY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN


Foundation Will Also Host World Tennis Day Reception Benefitting Tennis and Education Programs

Exclusive Packages Currently Available, Including an Opportunity to Meet Venus Williams, Juan Martin del Potro and Other BNP Paribas Showdown Players


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2016 – The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it has been selected as the official charity of the 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown. This marks the fourth consecutive year the USTA Foundation will serve as the event’s official charity.

The Showdown will take place March 6, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in celebration of the fifth annual World Tennis Day. To help kick off the day, the USTA Foundation will host a fundraising reception that evening with the BNP Paribas Showdown players, including seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

The BNP Paribas Showdown, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will also feature 2016 French Open women’s champion Garbiñe Muguruza, 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios and rising American star Jack Sock. All six players, including Williams and del Potro, will participate in the events first-ever legends match to be announced soon.

The USTA Foundation World Tennis Day Reception will raise funds to support the organization’s funding of scholarships and programming grants to under-resourced youth and the tennis and education programs they attend throughout the country. The majority of these programs are associated with the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network.

Supporters can purchase a variety of packages that include a meet-and-greet with the players, player clinics, courtside tickets to attend the 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown and an exclusive opportunity to watch the players practice just before the event.

All packages as well as sponsorship opportunities are available at www.ustafoundation.com/worldtennisday.

“The USTA Foundation is once again proud and honored to be a part of this celebratory event on its extraordinary 10th milestone,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director of the USTA Foundation. “GF Sports and MSG are outstanding partners as well as supporters, allowing us to use one of the grandest stages in sport to carry out our mission. World Tennis Day continues to make a positive impact on kids and families, and we make every effort to do the same. We are excited to collaborate in the spirit of changing lives and creating brighter futures through tennis.”

"We are proud supporters of the USTA Foundation and glad to share this special event with them as we celebrate a decade of spreading the message of the positive outcomes tennis can have on young people throughout the country and the world,” said Jerry Solomon, Executive Producer of the BNP Paribas Showdown and creator of World Tennis Day. “It is our mission to collaborate on a high level so that fans of this great sport have the opportunity to also show their support and witness great competition amongst tennis’ most exciting players.”

The USTA Foundation supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis, education and life skills to prepare under-resourced youth for college and beyond. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $22 million, benefitting thousands of children and adults through tennis, education and health programs and college scholarships.

Tickets for the BNP Paribas Showdown are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through any Ticketmaster outlet.


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USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, helps serve up dreams for under-resourced youth; individuals with disabilities; and wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. The USTA Foundation supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need, primarily through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network, and other efforts to assist military personnel, veterans and individuals with disabilities. To date, it has awarded more than $22 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults through a tennis, education, and health curricula. For more information on the USTA Foundation, visit www.ustafoundation.com. Or stay connected through Facebook at www.facebook.com/USTAFoundation, and on Twitter at @USTA_Foundation. BNP Paribas Showdown Tickets for the 2017 BNP Paribas Showdown can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through any Ticketmaster outlet. New York City hosts the BNP Paribas Showdown for the tenth straight year and once again some of the greatest names in world tennis will sparkle, entertain and captivate an audience that has come to expect the best on this night of nights. World Tennis Day embraces nations from all over the globe in an effort to encourage people to try the great game of tennis and at the same time grow the sport. There are close to 2,000 participating locations in the USA alone; to find a participating location among the 50 states visit www.youthtennis.com. For more information on the various events, including the BNP Paribas Showdown, visit www.WorldTennisDay.com.

 

About the Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment that presents or hosts a broad array of world-class events – including concerts, sporting events, family shows and special events – in an unparalleled mix of celebrated venues that span four of the nation’s largest entertainment markets. Those venues are: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. In addition, MSG has a diverse collection of properties that includes some of the most widely-recognized sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). The Company also features popular original entertainment productions -- the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular – both starring the Radio City Rockettes, and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England’s premier Boston Calling Music Festival. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

 

For more information, contact:


Jasmine Sheppard, USTA Corporate Communications, (914) 697-2275; sheppard@usta.com
Larry Torres, MSG, (212) 631-5178; larry.torres@msg.com