XSTEF’s annual trip to the US Open is almost here!
On August 22, 2014, 50 XS student-athletes and community youth will board a bus for New York City, where they will play tennis with kids in Queens, attend cultural events, sightsee, and go to the US Open. The trip is funded by the support of generous community members and supporters. This year, the XS players hope to see XS’s own TAYLOR TOWNSEND take to the courts and take home some victories!
On July 24, 2014, Lacoste re-opened its Chicago store on Michigan Avenue with an event benefiting the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, with 20% of proceeds that day going to XSTEF. For highlights of the partnership, watch the video showcasing XS players and the XS Mission as it aligns with the foundation and vision of Lacoste.
On July 19, 2014, more than 80 XS tennis players visited Northwestern University. Northwestern student-athletes guided the XS players on a private tour of the campus, the athletic dorms, and held a panel discussion about life as a varsity student-athlete. The Head Men’s Tennis Coach, Arvid Swan, led a clinic in which the XS players got the opportunity to showcase their talent.
Thank you Mr. Swan and the Northwestern Athletes for the wonderful opportunity – Go Wildcats!
On May 21, 2014, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gathered near the site of the new XS Tennis Village to announce the City of Chicago’s support for the new facility and XSTEF’s efforts in the community. Local school children, the media, and XS players gathered to hear Mayor Emanuel speak and show their support for the project. In support of Tennis XSpress, an XSTEF program that provides free in-school tennis instruction to Chicago youth, Mayor Emanuel joined in a lesson with dozens of elementary school children at the Beethoven School.
On May 21, 2014, Billie Jean King addressed a small gathering of local community and philanthropic leaders as she shared her own history as a tennis player who could not have succeeded without the generosity of her community, and affordable ways to play and develop her game. Billie Jean King urged the Chicago community leaders to support XSTEF and the XS Tennis Village as a vital resource for Chicago’s underserved youth.
On November 14, 2013, dozens of XS players gathered at the XS Tennis facility on Lake Park & 47th Street on Chicago’s South Side to be part of a clinic run by famed tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. In support of XS Tennis and the XS Tennis & Education Foundation’s mission, Bollettieri encouraged local community and philanthropic leaders to support the new XS Tennis Village as a training ground for talent and an important resource for Chicago’s urban youth.