The extreme heat couldn’t stop the excitement that emanated from Pershing Square Stadium court at JTCC on Thursday, July 27 when Frances Tiafoe and the USTA Foundation (USTAF) announced the launch of the Frances Tiafoe Fund.
Hundreds of JTCC supporters filled the court to applaud the creation of the Frances Tiafoe Fund whose mission is to make tennis more accessible to youth in Prince George’s County and underserved communities nationwide.
During the program, USTAF representatives Jeff Harrison and Chris Widmaier addressed the extensive needs nationwide that the Tiafoe Fund will target through community outreach.
JTCC CEO Ray Benton and Tennis Channel commentator Brett Haber congratulated the JTCC alumnus on his generous commitment to inspire the next generation of tennis players.
Tiafoe addressed numerous media present and participated in a youth clinic filled with enthusiastic players where he provided his perspective on the importance of character.
“The biggest thing I want to tell all the young people who look up to me is it’s about the person first and the athlete second, Tiafoe remarked “You want to be remembered for who you are, and not what you’ve done.”
To mark the official launch of the Frances Tiafoe Fund, the USTAF made a $150,000 grant to the fund and Clif Bar donated $100,000 bringing the initial total in the fund to $250,000.
“Frances understands the platform he has for the next 10+ years as he’s winning championships,” commented USTAF’s Harrison. “He is truly a role model for kids across the country.”
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