Making Tennis Available to Everyone

A message from Pat Van der Meer…

I am truly touched by the global outpouring of thoughtful anecdotes, memories, prayers, and kindnesses that our friends have shared since Dennis’ passing. I am sure that Dennis would be both proud and humbled. Many of you have asked how you might help acknowledge the impact that Dennis has had on our professional and personal lives. A small contribution in his honor to the PTR Foundation would be a way to extend the positive impact that Dennis has made on so very many lives. Such donations are a way to invest in a cause for which Dennis devoted his life - coaching education. This would at the same time help the foundation, which Dennis started with his personal funds, thus ensuring the preservation of his extraordinary legacy. His TennisUniversity and the PTR, which he founded in that order to educate and certify teaching professionals and coaches are significant components of this legacy. Thank you so very much.

The PTR Foundation is resolved to preserve and continue
the legacy of Dennis Van der Meer.

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 which are within our 5 categories of giving . 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.

The Foundation provided tennis camp  scholarships to 4 vulnerable youth who are part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Georgia.  At the Agape Tennis Camp with PTR Pro, Amy Pazahanick, the 2 boys and 2 girls got a week of tennis camp which included a lunch and snacks, tee shirt, tennis instruction, team games and confidence and life skills development.  Agape Tennis camps improved the mental and physical health of each child in a very fun and safe environment and PTR Foundation was proud to support.  Executive Director of BigBrothers/BigSisters Georgia,  Betsy Fitzgerald and her staff assistant are shown her some of the campers.

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 Goodwill. 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 your contributions.

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…
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The Foundation recently assisted PTR Pro, Vic Dimond of Corpus Christi, TX. The Schools were Vic coaches, Port Arsanas Middle School and High School, were affected by Hurricane Harvey last year.  All the tennis equipment was destroyed in the heavy flooding. Vic is a No Cut Coach.  44 kids came out for Middle School Tennis so there were many kids were counting on him and that equipment so they could once again enjoy tennis! The PTR Foundation sent Vic 5 dozen racquets and 2 cases of balls. Pictured here are the 5th graders enjoying their tennis session. 

Sportsmen’s Tennis Club and Learning Center is a non-profit organization in the inner city of Boston with a 501(c) status and work with many young children on our courts and in our class rooms. Their community - subsidized and free junior programs are often short of junior size racquets. Because of their large numbers in Red tennis, they needed youth racquets in 19”, 21”, 23” and 25”.  Sportsmen’s received 3 dozen HEAD junior racquets from the PTR Foundation.   “They are fantastic”, says Program Director, Marton Balla.  “We are permanently out on our courts since we are in action 7 days a week now.  A Big Thank You to PTR Foundation!! “

PTR Foundation provides Equipment to help Puerto Rico get back out on the courts!

Despite any issues from Hurricane Maria, PTR Professional, Kamil Assad (Puerto Rico) and his fellow pros are pushing through and teaching tennis to anyone they can at Club De Tenis De Isla Verde! The PTR Foundation was able to provide balls and equipment to the facility.