In January 2011, USTA Chairman of the Board and President Jon Vegosen created the USTA Presidential Task Force on Tennis and Higher Education.
Comprised of leaders from the tennis and education communities, the Task Force has the mission of promoting the importance and value of every American child obtaining a college education. Vegosen has championed tennis as the sport of opportunity for achieving that goal.
"We could put in place a player development system that creates not only champions on the court, but also champions in life," said Vegosen. "In short, if we were to develop people through tennis, we would inevitably promote and develop the growth of tennis itself."
ITA Executive Director David Benjamin serves as the Chair of the Task Force. He and the other Task Force members met during the 2011 US Open to discuss several new projects that would further develop an educational pathway to help guide children from 10 and Under Tennis through college.
Joining Benjamin and Vegosen for the most recent Task Force meeting was NCAA President Mark Emmert, fostering a unique dialogue among the leaders of all three major organizations charged with promoting collegiate tennis.
News of the Task Force was published on the official websites of all three organizations -- ITAtennis.com, USTA.com and NCAA.org -- as well as World Tennis Magazine. A full list of Task Force members and additional tennis and education resources can be found below.
Members of the USTA Presidential Task Force on Tennis and Higher Education USTA Presidential Task Force on Tennis and Higher Education
AFFILIATION David Dinkins
Honorary Chair David Benjamin
Executive Director, ITA & Chair of the Task Force Tiina Smith
Vice-Chair of the Task Force Tom Jacobs
USTA Staff Liaison Chuck Ambrose
President, University of Central Missouri Dale Caldwell
USTA Board Liaison Keith Collar
Associate Dean, Harvard University Danne Davis
USTA Opportunity and Education Council Chair Bernard Franklin
Executive Vice President, NCAA John Fry
President, Drexel University Judy Levering
Presidential Advisor Walter Massey
President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Amy Perko
Executive Director, Knight Commission Tim Russell
Chair, USTA Junior Competition Committee Scott Tharp
President/CEO, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
Tennis and Education Resources
John Isner Profile: In his four years at the University of Georgia, John Isner got better, fitter and stronger, preparing him for a successful career on the ATP World Tour.
Tennis on Campus: More than 500 universities across the country have a tennis club, allowing non-varsity players to continue competing and improving after high school.
The Sport of Opportunity: Tennis and education go hand in hand, as indicated on this flyer, helping children build confidence and character on and off the court.
USTA.com/Education: Learn more about youth and college tennis programs, scholarships and grants sponsored by the United States Tennis Association.