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First ATP Aces For Charity Grants Presented In Washington

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The Legg Mason Tennis Classic Tuesday received a $10,000 grant from the ATP ACES for Charity program to further strenghten its support of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). ATP Executive Chairman and President Adam Helfant and ATP CEO, Americas, Mark V. Young, were on hand to make the presentation to the ATP World Tour 500 tournament. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi also were presented with $10,000 grants to be used for their respective charitable endeavours.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic Tournament Director Jeff Newman said: "Our event was founded on the premise of giving back to the community and at-risk youth. We are delighted that in their first year, the ATP ACES for Charity Program could support our cause."

A beneficiary of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the WTEF combines tennis and education in three main programs – including its flagship Arthur Ashe Children’s Program – that serve 1,500 children annually. It seeks to improve the life prospects of D.C. youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through academic, athletic and community-building activities that teach discipline, build confidence and improve academic performance.

The ATP last month announced the 12 inaugural recipients of its ATP ACES For Charity grants programme. Grants of $10,000 each will be awarded by the ATP on an annual basis to charitable causes nominated by ATP World Tour players and tournaments.

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This year’s recipients include The Rafa Nadal Foundation, the Bryan Brothers Foundation, the Japan Tennis Association’s earthquake relief fund, and organisations supporting a range of causes, including healthcare for children in Memphis and Bucharest, relief for victims of natural disasters in Pakistan and Japan, sports and education programmes for disadvantaged youth in Washington, D.C. and the Congo, and social services for the disabled in Argentina and China.

The ATP ACES For Charity programme, launched earlier this year, is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament and player charitable initiatives.

See a full list of 2011 ATP ACES For Charity grants recipients:

About Tuesday's Recipients...

Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan: The Bryan Brothers Foundation is dedicated to supporting and developing the dreams of children in Ventura County, California and around the world, helping at-risk youth survive and thrive. It seeks out specific families and children in need, working with them directly to ensure that they have the opportunities they need to succeed. Its beneficiaries have included City Impact, Andre Agassi’s Charter School and the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program.
Bryan Brothers Foundation

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi: The Haq Foundation, established by Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, supports various charity and community welfare projects, such as scholarships for the poor and assistance for victims of natural disasters. In conjunction with his role as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme, Qureshi is helping to create awareness of flood relief efforts in Pakistan and raise funds to construct houses for those displaced.
United Nations Development Programme
Qureshi Donates Grant To Pakistan Flood Appeal

Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington, D.C.): The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a beneficiary of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, combines tennis and education in three main programs – including its flagship Arthur Ashe Children’s Program – that serve 1,500 children annually. It seeks to improve the life prospects of DC youth, particularly those from lower income communities, through academic, athletic and community-building activities that teach discipline, build confidence and improve academic performance.
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

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