SKILLMAN, N.J. - The United States Tennis Association and Intercollegiate Tennis Association hosted a distinguished group of College and University Presidents during the 2010 US Open in New York City.
The two-day meeting in New York is designed to further strengthen the partnership between the USTA, ITA and leaders in higher education, in an effort to strengthen the growth of collegiate tennis, both varsity and recreational, as well as discuss ways to link player development among America's youth with the goal of a college diploma.
The Presidential Networking Initiative was started in the fall of 2006, as a combined effort on the part of the USTA Advocacy Committee and the ITA to work with college presidents to promote and protect collegiate tennis.
One of the most important direct outcomes of the 2007 meeting of the college presidents was the decision by the USTA, in cooperation with the ITA, to make a powerful video highlighting the importance and excitement of collegiate tennis on the campus -- both varsity and recreational. This video was mailed to all collegiate presidents in the fall of 2009, and also provided online for all ITA member coaches.
Those in attendance for the 2010 meeting and also represented in the photo above include the following individuals from Left to Right: Tim Russell, Chair of the USTA Collegiate Varsity Committee; William A. Sederburg, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education; John Fry, President of Drexel University; Lucy Garvin, Chairman of the Board and President of the USTA; Chuck Ambrose, President of the University of Central Missouri; Stephen M. Jordan, President of Metropolitan State College of Denver and David A Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA.