October Letter From the President

“Random Acts of Kindness”, such a simple statement that belies the amazing impact it can have on the lives of others. The extraordinary capacity of mankind to give back to others has especially been demonstrated during the recent spate of natural disasters.  I have been privileged to witness many such acts of kindness this past 21 months as USTA President and I would like to recount one of those as they make such a difference in both the tennis world and people’s lives.


One such event occurred this weekend at the Tennis Association of Central Kentucky’s Fall Classic Tennis Tournament in Lexington KY. On Sunday of the Tournament, an impromptu surprise 80th birthday celebration was held for Russ Walkup by the volunteers of TACK. Cake, a small gift and most important laughter and friendship was shared by all. Russ has played every Tack Tournament for over ten years! He always has a kind word and a smile on his face for everyone. One thing people might not know about Russ is he started one of the first tennis in prison programs and was rewarded by USTA with an all expense paid trip to the US Open. What an outstanding individual! He truly embodies the phrase, “Tennis…Sport of a Lifetime”. It was so heartwarming to celebrate  and share in this special event for this special man.


Tennis in Kentucky is truly a community of people who actively make a difference in the lives of others. I am lucky enough to bear witness to these acts of kindness across our commonwealth. Whether it is through a simple birthday celebration, giving an underserved child a free racquet or helping teach tennis  to autistic children. It all matters and it all makes a difference…


“No Act of Kindness No matter How Small Is Ever Wasted.” Aesop




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