This Issue:

  • ITA and UTR (Fall Circuit)

  • Slinger Bag Thriving

  • PHIT America Petition for Health

  • Oncourt Offcourt Backswing

  • NGI News

  • USTA Foundation Scholarships

  • US Open Experience

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INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS ASSOCIATION & UNIVERSAL TENNIS

ANNOUNCE THE ITA TOUR: FALL CIRCUIT BY UTR

Nationwide Series Offers Junior, Collegiate, and Pro Players the Opportunity to Compete Locally and Count Globally with High-Level Regional Play

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Universal Tennis today announced the creation of the ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR, a new initiative to provide local and regional matchplay opportunities to collegiate, junior and professional players.

 

The new tour kicks off with a 10-week circuit this fall, giving players the opportunity to participate in competition and have their scores count towards the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).  When match scores count for UTR, players can continue to play locally and have their matches count for a global rating, allowing them to track their progress and showcase their game. 

 

Timothy Russell, Chief Executive Officer of the ITA, said, “Amidst these unprecedented and uncertain times for our country and the world of sports we are excited to build upon the long-standing tradition of the ITA’s Summer Circuit and the great success of the 2020 Oracle ITA Summer Circuit powered by UTR in presenting the innovative ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR.”

 

The Circuit will follow strict health, safety, and social distancing guidelines, and is a continuation of the joint effort by the ITA and Universal Tennis to provide opportunities for high-level competition for junior, collegiate, and professional players. As many tennis seasons have been reduced or canceled, the Tour will give college coaches the opportunity to provide local matchplay for their players and increase engagement with their broader regional tennis community. 

 

“We are pleased to launch this new initiative with our long time partners at the ITA to provide current student-athletes, recent graduates, juniors, and professional players with the opportunity to develop their game and participate in local high quality, competitive matches,” said Mark Leschly, Universal Tennis Chairman & CEO.

 

The ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR will kick off on September 18th and run through November 22nd. This fresh model will feature singles play only, with events running for two to three days each weekend. Events will be limited to flights of 16 or 32 players and selections into the event will be based on UTR. Some events may have multiple flights based on court availability. 

 

The schedule of play and locations will be announced on August 24th. Additional information for host sites applications, which open this evening, and player participants can be found by visiting https://www.wearecollegetennis.com/events/ita-fall-circuit. Players can join the ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR club page on MyUTR.com to stay up to date on the latest and register for events here: https://app.myutr.com/clubs/11049

About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association 

 

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men’s and women’s varsity tennis at all levels – NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. Serving college tennis and higher education for over six decades, the ITA continues to develop championship human beings on and off of the court, returning leaders of tomorrow. Go to itatennis.com to sign up for our newsletter, like the ITA on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


 

About Universal Tennis

 

The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible, and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level, and socioeconomic status. The UTR Engagement Platform is anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle, the world’s most accurate singles and doubles tennis rating system; and provides the tools and solutions to make the Universal Tennis Rating relevant and valuable to players, coaches, and organizers in their local domain. Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Go to MyUTR.com to sign up, create, or find your player profile and join the global tennis community. Watch our video and visit us on social @MyUTR

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Slinger Bag Exceeds International Order Forecasts, Seeing Increasing Momentum in Japan, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the UK  

 

Steady Interest Confirms Growing Consumer Demand 
to Resume Tennis

 

Slinger Bag Inc. (OTC: SLBG), a sports brand focused on innovating game improvement technology and equipment, today announced it exceeded order forecasts seeing steady order momentum in Japan, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Specifically: in the UK, Slinger Bag has sold out its availability several times since launching in late May and the distributor now restocks monthly; in Japan, initial inventory was exhausted in one day with 75% of the second shipment now also already purchased; Switzerland has experienced 50% sell-thru rates even before the product has arrived in the market and in Scandinavia, sales of initial inventories were almost sold thru in their entirety prior to the summer vacation break.

“It’s clear we are hitting a chord with tennis enthusiasts around the globe that are anxious to get back to Tennis, to their Sport,” said Mike Ballardie, CEO of Slinger Bag. “As professional tennis recommences in Europe and in the United States, Slinger Bag empowers Tennis consumers to get out on court anytime, anywhere regardless of whether they have a partner or not. As the tennis community adapts to the new normal, we are in a position to not only strengthen the sport but also, to reinvent Tennis playing a role in increasing participation in general and the number of play occasions specifically.”

Slinger Bag can be set up to launch balls within minutes and provides consumers the ability to control both the launch frequency and the launch speed. Slinger Bag can be used literally anywhere - local parks; in a driveway or back yard; on neighborhood courts or at a local tennis club, indoor or outdoor, and on any playing surface. Slinger Bag is wheeled like a carry-on luggage bag and is easily transported in the trunk of a sedan or saloon car. Slinger Bag is lightweight at 15kg/33 lbs. and multi-functional, holding racquets and all other tennis gear, 72 tennis balls, and has pockets for storing wallets, keys, towel, and a water bottle.

“With Japan being the second-largest global tennis market, Slinger Bag is an innovative solution to drive tennis consumer engagement, “ said Nori Soma, Senior Product Manager Slinger Bag at Globeride, Inc. “With Tennis being such a popular sport in Japan especially now as there are more successful Japanese players on the international tennis tours, we could not think of a better product and brand partner than Slinger Bag to drive success in the marketplace and to make tennis more accessible for all. We look forward to building Slinger Bag into a leading tennis brand in Japan and to many years of successful partnership, and to continuing a strong partnership as Slinger Bag’s exclusive Japanese distributor.”

The company continues to expand its global distributor network and to work with recognized tennis players, including the Bryan Brothers and world-renowned coach Nick Bollettieri, to generate brand awareness around Slinger Bag’s game-changing product.

“Our steady daily orders for Slinger Bag in the UK are a clear indication that Slinger is resonating with consumers,” said Mark Jarvis, Director of Framework Sports & Marketing, Ltd. “Despite the fact that Wimbledon, the world’s largest tennis event was canceled this year the excitement for the sport continues to grow in this market. Slinger Bag enables all tennis devotees to engage in their passion despite the challenges of today’s sports world. Slinger Bag is definitely providing consumers with a clear point of difference, convenience, and regular, safe access to the game they love.”

For more information or to order a Slinger Bag: visit www.slingerbag.com

For Investor Relations inquiries contact investors@slingerbag.com or 443-407-7564

For U.S & CANADA., please contact the U.S. Press Office, Meryl Rader, meryl@cgprpublicrelations.com, at CGPR, 908-528-3826

For U.K. and Europe contact the UK Press Office, Joe Murgatroyd, Press@slingerbag.com, at BrandNation, +44(0)207 940 7294

Legal Counsel: Kalfa Law, Contact Shira@kalfalaw.com

About Slinger Bag®

Slinger® is a new sports brand focused on delivering innovative, game improvement technologies and equipment across all Ball Sport categories. With the vision to become a next-generation sports consumer products company, Slinger® enhances the skill and enjoyment levels of players of all ages and abilities. Slinger® is initially focused on building its brand within the global Tennis market, through its Slinger® Tennis Ball Launcher and Accessories. Slinger® has underpinned its proof of concept with approximately $1 Million in orders of its Tennis Ball Launcher. Led by CEO Mike Ballardie (former Prince CEO and Wilson EMEA racquet sports executive) Slinger® is now primed to continue to disrupt what are traditional global markets with its patent-pending, highly transportable and affordable Slinger® Launcher.

Slinger Bag Disclaimer:

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National Petition Campaign Addresses Inactivity Pandemic

Contributing To 5 million Deaths Annually*

 

OVER 20 TENNIS LEADERS SUPPORTING THE PETITION FOR HEALTHY KIDS ​

 

PHIT America, a national charity dedicated to improving children’s health and academic performance, is launching the Petition For Healthy Kids campaign promoted by over 100 national and local influencers with the goal to get 50 million kids physically active by 2030 through school and community physical activity programs. Tennis leaders like Mike Dowse, Alan Schwartz, John Embree, Dan Santorum, and Anne Worcester are all promoting this petition calling for all kids to receive a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity at least three times per week in school.

 

While the United States contends with controlling the spread of COVID-19, a less-talked-about pandemic, the Inactivity Pandemic, contributes to obesity and other health problems that can complicate recoveries from viruses and other illnesses. According to the C.D.C., more than 90 percent of COVID-19 deaths were patients who had at least one underlying health issue. Obesity was often the primary risk factor for younger COVID-19-infected patients. Getting kids more active can reduce obesity and related illnesses.

PHIT America Founder Jim Baugh notes that over the last few years, almost 50 percent of U.S. schools have eliminated physical education, and many have eliminated recess. “Today, 93 percent of American children do not meet Center for Disease Control (C.D.C) recommended physical activity standards. Is it any wonder that 60 percent of kids will be obese by age 35?”  Baugh adds, “We have to get kids healthier immediately to prevent more pre-existing medical conditions. Our programs do exactly that!”

 

Youth physical activity and fitness directly impact health and cognitive development.  Unfortunately, kids in America are ranked 47th out of 50 countries in the world in fitness. The PHIT campaign encourages all Americans to sign its petition at PetitionForHealthyKids.org.

 

Leading medical journal The Lancet* declared a pandemic of physical inactivity accounting for 5 million annual deaths worldwide. Dr. Zhen Yan, a researcher who has looked at exercise’s role in curbing the effects of COVID-19 at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, implicitly says, “If we want to protect our kids from deadly COVID-19, we must increase their physical activity and get them healthier. Too many kids already have pre-existing conditions such as obesity.”

 

“Signing the Petition For Healthy Kids is a great way to protect kids today and for their future,” says Baugh. “I hope every American shows their support.”

 

Through its established physical activity programs, PHIT America has already introduced 540,000 kids to regular physical activity and fitness.  In Sept. 2019, PHIT America received a multi-million-dollar commitment from the Seattle-based Julia Love Pritt Private Foundation, which accelerates PHIT’s fundraising timetable to help establish more fitness programs in American schools.  PHIT welcomes private and corporate donations in its pursuit to end the Inactivity Pandemic. Donate, sign the petition, and learn more about PHIT initiatives by visiting PHIT America.  All data and research sources can be found on IP.PHITAmerica.org.

OnCourt OffCourt Partners with Tamas Bogyo

to Release the Backswing Solution

 

OnCourt OffCourt VP Marketing Kalindi Dinoffer announces the launch of another ground-breaking training aid from the world leader in creative improvement tools.

Developed by Hungarian coaching legend Tamas Bogyo, the Backswing Solution helps to give a kinesthetic feel for the proper backswing on a variety of strokes from volleys to groundstrokes to the return of serve to speed up learning and improvement. The aid also works very well for pickleball.

Suggested retail is $39.95. Contact OnCourt OffCourt 1-888-366-4717 or visit www.OnCourtOffCourt.com

CLIENT OF THE MONTH

Sports Surfaces Distributing Inc

Robert Cohen, CSI, CDT is responsible for job management and contract execution for all divisions. He is one of 23 builders in the United States certified by the prestigious American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) as both a Certified Synthetic Fields Builder and a Certified Track Builder. He has worked as a designer/builder of over 50 running tracks and synthetic turf installations.

Robert Cohen Co., LLC works primarily in New Mexico and Arizona.  They specialize in gymnasium surfacing as well as tennis court, running track, and synthetic turf field construction.  

A licensed contractor since 1977, Mr. Cohen served three terms on the board of the prestigious American Sports Builders Association including two terms as President of it’s Indoor Division.

FEATURED SURFACE

TITAN TRAX XTREME Multi-Sport Surface

TitanTrax Xtreme is the ideal Cushion Court overlay for new and existing tennis courts.

Xtreme provides lightweight installation indoor, outdoor, or on rooftops, covering minor cracks in existing surfaces.

This all-weather CushionCourt has the look and play of an American Hard Court without the normal stress on players’ joints. Whether new construction over post-tension concrete or installed over existing pavements you will still have a 25% force reduction allowing you to play longer. The innovative, proprietary design and engineering of NGI Courts provides long-term crack prevention and adds years of life to any existing pavement.

Convert your hard court to Xtreme cushion comfort in less than half the time of adding cushioning with rubber.

USTA FOUNDATION TO AWARD $310,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

 

The USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it has granted 32 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $310,000.

 

Each year, the USTA Foundation awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs such as the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation. This year, for the first time, all 32 scholarship recipients are from NJTL programs across the country.

 

“During these challenging times, scholarships are more important than ever and the USTA Foundation is committed to supporting the educational journeys of these exceptional students who have proven their academic excellence and community service,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “We congratulate the 2020 award recipients on their path towards continued education and leadership through tennis.”

 

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors:

 

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award (student receives $15,000 award)

Awarded to one high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program, the Marian Wood Baird Scholarship was created by the Baird family and named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for more than 40 years of volunteer service. The 2020 recipient is Daniela Padron-Castillo of Duncanville, Texas.

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship (students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is granted to two high school seniors who have performed with distinction and have actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service, and an organized tennis program. The award is named for Dwight Filley Davis, who began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894. In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a commemorative silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition, marking the birth of the Davis Cup. Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923. His grandson, Dwight F. Davis III, created the scholarship to honor his grandfather’s achievements and contributions to tennis. The 2020 recipients are Dayelline Estrada-Britton of Bordentown, N.J., and Shane Lerkvikarn of Quincy, Mass.

 

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (students each receive $10,000 award)

This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African American elected to the USTA Board of Directors. The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is available to high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritage who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program. Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the court. The 2020 recipients are Summer Clemons of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Trinity Grear of Columbia, Md.

Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award (students each receive $10,000 award)

This scholarship is named in honor of the late Rosalind Palmer Walter, who was responsible for funding the first USTA Foundation scholarship in 1994, well before a comprehensive program was put in place. Mrs. Walter’s commitment to tennis and education didn’t stop with her service to the USTA Foundation Board. She served on the Board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Long Island University, and was a Trustee of WNET Channel Thirteen and The Paley Center for Media. During World War II, Mrs. Walter was a riveter, where she worked the night shift on a Corsair, building the F4U marine gull-winged fighter airplane and is the inspiration for the 1942 song "Rosie the Riveter." She took tremendous pride knowing that the hard work, dedication, and precision she put into her job helped save lives. The 2020 recipients are Hannah Wood of Stoneville, N.C., and Joshua Wong of San Francisco.

 

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship (students receive $2,500 award)

The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, meaningfully served their communities, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community. This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged areas. The 2020 recipients are Camille Blecher of College Station, Texas, and Martial Ddamba-Kawunde of Bowie, Md.

 

Donald Lawson Tisdel Scholarship (students each receive $10,000 award) 

The USTA Foundation annually awards the college education scholarship to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, and participated in an organized tennis program. In 2017, the USTA Foundation named its largest college scholarship fund The Donald Lawson Tisdel College Scholarship Fund. Tisdel was a passionate proponent for the sport and a staunch believer in the power of tennis and education to touch and enhance lives.  These scholarships will be awarded annually to 20-25 high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, and participated in an organized tennis program such as National Junior Tennis and Learning.

This year’s recipients are: 

USTA Foundation Incorporated (USTAF or USTA Foundation), the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association Incorporated (USTA), brings together the powerful combination of tennis and education to change lives of under-resourced youth. USTAF utilizes financial grants, scholarship opportunities, curricula, technical assistance, and training to make a lasting difference, and with a primary focus to develop and ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. The NJTL network features nearly 300 chapters that reach approximately 180,000 youth on an annual basis. USTAF raises money and public awareness to support these programs through private donations, corporate sponsorships, and foundations, as well as its special fundraisers held throughout the year, including the US Open Opening Night Gala, the US Open Paver program, and Pro-Ams, to name a few. To date, the USTA Foundation has awarded more than $40.2 million in grants and scholarships, helping to serve up dreams for thousands of children throughout the country. For more information on the USTA Foundation, visit www.ustafoundation.com. or stay connected through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (at @USTA) and Snapchat.

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