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Presidents Letter April 2020

April 2020 President’s Letter

Since my letter last month, the world has changed completely due to the coronavirus pandemic.  As a physician, I was certainly aware of pandemics, but living through one is both difficult and scary.  However, as an optimist, I am pleased with how the Kentucky tennis community is responding to this challenge.    

As I am sure that you are aware, the USTA has suspended all sanctioned programs through May 31, 2020 and has recommended taking a break from playing tennis due to COVID-19.   Even though our mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis, the health and safety of our players takes greater precedence.

Everyone is being affected economically by the pandemic and I would like to share some information on how USTA KY has responded to the situation.  As a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, we applied for the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program and it was approved by our bank.  It is pending approval by the Small Business Association.  If approved, this will help us avoid utilizing our reserve funds.  I would also anticipate that USTA Southern and National will assist us as well if needed. 

To assist tennis teaching professionals and officials impacted by pandemic, the “Tennis Starts With Love” fund has been steadily raising funds for their benefit.  The Raise A Racquet Foundation is matching the first $5,000 dollars of donations.  Some checks have already been sent out and I encourage you to consider making a DONATION.  Also, we encourage pros and officials in need to APPLY for the program. Our tennis clubs and shops are also in need of your assistance. Please consider purchasing gift certificates from your local tennis club or shop to utilize in the future. Tennis Store of Lexington promotion:  Purchase $50 (or more) gift certificate and receive a free KY tennis ball hat or visor.  Email or call 859.312.3099 to purchase. 

As we all know, in addition to a good workout, tennis is a very social sport.  Even though we are unable to play currently, the social aspect with appropriate distancing, remains strong.  It has been great to keep up with my tennis friends via group texts and social media.  I am also appreciative of our tennis pros for posting drills to do at home along with fitness tips.

We are all part of the Kentucky tennis family and we will get through this together and be even more appreciative of the great sport of tennis when we play again. In the meantime, I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy!

 

Mike Eden

 

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