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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2013

A Win for Military Families as ThanksUSA and U.S. Professional Tennis Association Partner to Provide Scholarships

Champions Lisa Raymond and Bob and Mike Bryan Join the Team

McLean, VA, 17 May 2013 – ThanksUSA and the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) are gearing up for their second annual Tennis Thanks the Troops fundraising campaign to support scholarships for the children and spouses of U.S. service men and women. With May recognized nationally as Military Appreciation Month, the two organizations will be recruiting the country’s USPTA Professionals, clubs, players and tennis fans in organizing tournaments and other special events to raise funds throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Tennis stars Lisa Raymond and Mike and Bob Bryan have returned for a second year to support the effort by participating in public service announcements promoting Tennis Thanks the Troops.

“Global combat operations are ending but the mission of our troops – to protect our nation and our freedoms – persists. As does our responsibility to continue supporting them,”said Bob Okun, chairman and CEO of ThanksUSA. “We are proud to thank our armed forces and their families for their daily sacrifices through the gift of education.”

ThanksUSA provides need-based, post-secondary scholarships to the children and spouses of active-duty personnel across all the Armed Forces, the National Guard and Reserves, as well as families of the fallen and wounded.

“Clubs with USPTA pros are developing creative events that will help ThanksUSA award 500 scholarships worth $1.5 million this year, helping make U.S. military families the real winners,” said Michele Stork, executive director of ThanksUSA.

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, participating USPTA Professionals at various facilities will collect a minimum voluntary donation of $5 from tennis players, professionals, members, guests and fans to support ThanksUSA. Facilities will have flexibility on their donation-collection options, including choosing among tournaments/contests, lessons and silent auctions, and can also hold fundraising events on other weekends throughout the year.

“There’s certainly a lot of attention on supporting those initiatives that help our troops of late and rightfully so,” said USPTA CEO John Embree. “As an association, we intend to do our part using pros who are community-minded and want to show their dedication to the military by making a valuable contribution to those efforts.”

Leading the charge are the San Diego District Tennis Association through its annual Tennis Fest and the Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga., with a Tennis Thanks the Troops Memorial Day Mixer. All participating facilities will be competing to raise the most money for the campaign, with the winner able to send their pro and one guest to the US Open in New York on Aug. 30.

For more information on the Tennis Thanks the Troops campaign, visit the Tennis Thanks the Troops webpage. Join the team and show your gratitude to our military men and women and their families!

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About the USPTA: Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers nearly 70 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call 800-877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com.

About ThanksUSA: ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to “thank” the men and women of the United States armed forces. The organization provides college, technical and vocational school scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel. For more information, visit www.thanksusa.org.

CONTACT:
Poornima Rimm, Director of Public Relations
USPTA
713-978-7782, ext. 125
Poornima.Rimm@USPTA.org

Michele Stork, Executive Director
ThanksUSA
703-855-4108
MicheleStork@ThanksUSA.org

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As America celebrates Memorial Day and gears up for summer, ThanksUSA scholarship recipients are busy with internships, studies abroad and community service. Some of our gracious scholarship recipients are even helping with ThanksUSA outreach by meeting with corporate sponsors and attending fund-raising events. This week’s feature scholar, Ashtin Jeney, will be busy supporting ThanksUSA later this week when she meets with the sponsor of her $3000 ThanksUSA scholarship, The Jenzabar Foundation.

Ashtin Jeney

Ashtin Jeney

Ashtin is the daughter of Dennis Jeney who has served in the U.S. Air Force since 1984. As one of six children, Ashtin knew that she would have to find scholarships to help her attend the school of her dreams. Ashtin has recently completed her freshman year at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. With plans to pursue a medical career, Ashtin is following a rigorous pre-med curriculum majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.

Not only has Ashtin sustained a 4.0 GPA, she is also dedicated to giving back to her community. At Carroll, Ashtin has served as an officer in the Circle K Club chapter on campus. “Through this organization and its partner, the Helena Kiwanis Club, I have been able to give back to the Helena community multiple times this year,” says Ashtin.

During the fall semester, Ashtin will be a biology lab aid. She also plans to continue her involvement with the Circle K Club, help with the Carroll College yearbook, and hopes to run for class senate. In addition to all of her studies, Ashtin will study abroad in Mali, West Africa. To prepare for this once in a lifetime opportunity, Ashtin will be learning Zarma, the local language.

Ashtin credits ThanksUSA and The Jenzabar Foundation with helping her pursue her dreams. “The Jenzabar Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship has helped me out tremendously! I have the responsibility of paying for all of my own college expenses. Without the help of this scholarship, I would not be able to attend Carroll College. Carroll College is a prestigious school that will surely prepare me with the best education to set my future goals in motion. Thank you once again for the generous scholarship. It has honestly helped me to continue down the path I have chosen.” Ashtin adds, “I will meet my dream of becoming a doctor!”

ThanksUSA looks forward to following up with Ashtin as she studies abroad and gets closer to medical school! As I mentioned earlier, ThanksUSA scholarship recipients are helping in many ways including our Boots-VS-Bulls BBQ Cook-off event in Katy, TX. If you will be in the greater Houston area next weekend, come out and join us for some great food and fun. I look forward to updating next week’s Scholarship News blog directly from the event! To learn more, visit our events page or use this link: http://www.thanksusa.org/main/events/bootsbulls.html

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