ATP ACES For Charity Presents Grant To Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center
Past and future of US tennis on hand for charity event.
The ATP World Tour has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport, Rhode Island to support their hunger relief programs.
The grant money comes through the ATP ACES For Charity program, a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament, player, and alumni charitable initiatives. Since 1976, Newport has hosted the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, which is the only men's professional tennis event in the Northeast United States, and is one of just ten ATP World Tour events in the United States.
The grant check was presented Monday by Todd Martin, former world No. 4 and the current tournament director of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, and Jared Donaldson, a Rhode Island native and rising star on the ATP World Tour. Donaldson, who is 18 years old, is currently ranked world No. 170 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, and he has been awarded a wild card into the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, which is held in July.
"It's a privilege to be able to support the work of the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center through our tournament," said Martin. "The center provides vital services including feeding our neighbors in need, early childhood education, providing positive after school programs, and much more. Only nine cities in our country are fortunate to have an ATP World Tour event in their community, and it is because Newport is one of those cities that we are able to make this contribution. I applaud the ATP for creating a way for the tournaments to give back to their community with such significance.We are grateful and appreciative to the ATP that we are able to make this donation."
Nine charitable causes, nominated by ATP World Tour tournaments, players and alumni, will receive $/€15,000 grants through the ATP ACES For Charity program in 2015. Since 2011, the grant program has awarded 51 grants totaling more than $620,000 in donations.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center provides urgent food services, educational programs for children, programs promoting self-sufficiency for adults, and general social service support for the 10.8 per cent of Newport's population living below poverty. The ATP ACES For Charity grant will be applied to MLK Community Center's hunger relief programs, which serves 2,500 individuals are served annually.
In addition to the MLK Community Center, this year's recipients include the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta; the Special Olympics and Fight Aids organisations in Monte-Carlo; the Swedish Cancer Society; Officine Terenzio; the Tomas Berdych Foundation, which aspires to develop human potential through sports activities and projects; Magic Bus in Chennai, India; and HomeAid OC in Orange County, California.
"The International Tennis Hall of Fame has been a valued partner to the center for many years, through auction donations, events for the kids, and more. Newport is fortunate to have this global institution in our town, and we are quite appreciative to the ATP World Tour and the Hall of Fame for this funding. It will certainly go to good use," commented Alyson Novick, director of development for the MLK Community Center. "We're looking forward to this year's tournament and will be there to cheer on Jared."