NRPA, USTA Partner to Enhance Health and Wellness Initiatives

June 3, 2024

Ashburn, VA (June 1, 2024) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is excited to announce a new partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States.

The collaboration between NRPA and USTA celebrates the ability of parks and recreation and the game of tennis to foster active, healthy communities nationwide and promotes inclusive access to recreational opportunities. The partnership comes on the heels of the USTA unveiling its new purpose-driven mission statement — growing tennis to inspire healthier people and communities everywhere.

Through the partnership, USTA will provide direct funding to support NRPA’s Health and Wellness pillar work in promoting health and well-being through access to physical activities and nutrition opportunities. Additionally, USTA will be a Champion supporter of Park and Recreation Month in July (NRPA’s monthlong celebration of park and recreation professionals) and a sports partner in ensuring equitable access to high-quality sports opportunities in communities nationwide through parks and recreation.

“Everyone deserves the health and wellness benefits of parks, recreation and sports,” said Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and CEO. “Access to indoor and outdoor programs and facilities has a positive impact on people’s mental, social, and physical health and well-being. We are thrilled to partner with USTA on this vital work.”

“The majority of tennis played in this country is done in public spaces, making parks and recreation a critically important piece of the USTA’s work to grow the sport of tennis,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “We are excited to partner with NRPA to find new and creative ways to bring the numerous health and wellness benefits of tennis to more people.”