USTA Pro-Am raises more than $150,000
November 8, 2015
The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, held its inaugural USTA Foundation Los Angeles Pro-Am on November 8 and raised more than $150,000. The USTA Foundation provides grants for programs nationwide for under-resourced youth; individuals with disabilities; and wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families.
Co-hosts for the event, which was held in Brentwood, were former world No. 4 and USTA Foundation Chairman James Blake and Hall of Famer Pam Shriver. They were joined by current world top 40 WTA stars Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe, former world No. 1 and two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin, USTA President Katrina Adams, and former ATP stars Hank Pfister and Derrick Rostagno.
Actress Elisabeth Shue, competing as an amateur, reached the playoffs, and actor Boris Kodjoe, who played Division 1 college tennis, played as a pro. Both received high marks from the fans and fellow competitors. The day culminated with a reception and buffet dinner highlighted by an auction, which included racquets autographed by Hall of Famer Pete Sampras and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova.