SAP Open Charity
San Jose, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The SAP Open continues to make a difference in the Bay Area community. This year, the SAP Open continued its long-standing partnership with the East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring Organization.
The East Palo Alto Tennis Program began in 1990 after two years of successful summer programs organised by Jeff Arons of the Youth Tennis Foundation, an organisation that promotes tennis instruction for inner-city youth. By the spring of 1991, the program fielded a team of twelve players to compete in the middle school league and in sanctioned tennis tournaments throughout the Bay Area.
In 1992, the program implemented an academic tutorial where 21 team members received academic assistance in a one-on-one relationship with a volunteer academic tutor. The program grew tremendously. In 1995, EPATT was honoured to be named by the ATP as one of the nation's top ten inner city tennis programs. In 1997 the program moved to Stanford University, and it now operates at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Today, approximately 100 children participate in both the tennis instruction and academic tutorial. In addition, more than 100 volunteers work with the program on a consistent basis.
The 2011 SAP Open kicked off with an exhibition match between Pete Sampras and Gael Monfils. After the match, a representative from SAP presented the East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring organization with a donation cheque of $10,000. The money will benefit athletic programs, mentoring, educational services and tutoring for children in the East Palo Alto area which is struggling economically.
Over the past 10 years, the SAP Open has donated more than $220,000 in cash and another $30,000 in tennis apparel, balls and equipment.