Tennis players “love” helping military kids

June 27, 2017

Serving for Heroes, the fifth annual USTA charity tennis open supporting Our Military Kids, happens, July 21-23, at the Lake Newport Tennis Facility in Reston, Virginia. It’s too late to register for play, but atching and eating great food will be a treat in itself.

For the third consecutive year, most of the tournament’s proceeds will go to Our Military Kids, the nonprofit organization providing support and recognition to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. To date, the tournament has hosted more than 600 players and raised more than $35,000 for military families.

This year’s tournament is presented by MVB Mortgage.

“Serving for Heroes is a small way to thank our military families for their service,” said Wilson Paine, the director, who started the tournaments in 2012, with the hope of offering fun competition and a way to raise funds for charity.

A portion of the proceeds will also go to scholarships for summer tennis camps offered by the Reston Tennis Association, which donates the courts for the event.

“This is a tournament for everybody,” Paine said. “We’ll have 115-130 players, ranging in skill level from beginner to some of the best USTA players in the mid-Atlantic region.”

Paine also encourages fans who don’t play to “come watch great tennis” and enjoy a lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., provided by Carrabbas Italian Grill.

 

(For more information, contact Judy McSpadden, Director of Communication, Our Military Kids, at 703-734-6654.)