SUGGESTED WAYS TO ASSIST
Set Spaces Aside: The easiest way to start is to set aside spaces in existing CTA programs (Youth Tennis programs, USTA League, Wheelchair programs, etc.) for participation by military and veteran family members at no cost. Decide with CTA leadership what your chapter or facility can do.
Conduct Special Awareness-Generating Events: Yellow Ribbon events take place with military personnel and families when their units deploy and then also when they return home. V.A. Medical Centers also host 'Welcome Home" events for all Veterans who served during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (since 9/11). These events sometimes welcome community based service-provider booths.
RECOMMENDED ACTION STEPS
Inform Staff, Volunteers and Sponsors of the Plan: Informing your team helps ensure communication of a unified message to the public. Internal awareness is a first step to brainstorming for more ways to reach more families in need.
Connect Directly with National Guard and Reserve Commands: Use Google or your local phone book to find a contact for these families. Contact the Public Affairs Officer, Family Readiness or State Interagency Director. These contacts can communicate directly to all families under their command.
Sharing Your Successes: Your efforts and successes will help other CTAs serve military and veteran family members. Report what you are doing via the USTA Foundation's website.