~By Susanne Taylor and Anne Star
The Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program that provides free tennis to under-served children in the Compton, CA, the area has really taken off this year!
It has been a while since we have updated you on this program. With the holidays approaching the timing seems perfect to bring you up to date.
The program has grown in attendance and has been recognized by the USTA who chose the program to be one of 6 in national recognition! As a result, the USTA redid 4 of the courts as “art courts” in honor of the anniversary of the US Open! They are beautiful as you can see by the drone photo. The kids are delighted, and you can see how fun and bright they are!
Anne Star and her husband and donated an academic room for the kids and there are 8 computers and school supplies along with cool chairs and couches for kids to have a safe place to be after tennis. They are currently working with nearby USC for tutoring for the children. The whole program is free as this area has a very high poverty rate and is all minority families. Only 28% of the kids in the area’s schools are proficient in reading and only 34% are proficient in math. The Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program and its supporters are working to change this! They have a mission and it is an important one!
Through the efforts of The Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program and their fundraising, they were able this year to send several of the higher ranked kids to USTA tournaments. In fact, some of these kids went on to win whole tournaments!
On Saturday, December 15, at Harvard Tennis Park the Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program will hold their 9th annual Kids Holiday Tennis Event. In 2017, over 500 children showed up to play free tennis, enjoy a delicious lunch, and then “Hit for Prizes” with Santa on the courts.
This is a very special day as many of the children (35%) come from families who live under or near the poverty level, all are the minority, and they are provided with a happy and fun day of tennis, gifts, food, and fun. The City of Los Angeles supports the program as does the Los Angeles Police Department along with the afore-mentioned USTA.
This program cannot sustain itself without the generous help of donors and as a result, inPhorm is donating all its remaining excess stock in its West Coast warehouse to help support this year’s event.
If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will! Below is a link to a short 3-minute video of last year’s event. We encourage you to watch it and see what you can do to help support this important organization. For more information on how you can help, visit www.pbjtp.org.