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24 March 2011

Wilson and the USTA Support Military Families

[CHICAGO] – In an effort to provide support and appreciation to the thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line to protect each of us, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Wilson Racquet Sports are excited to show their support for deployed servicemen and women and their families through the Adopt-A-Unit Program. The program is a way for tennis communities to get involved in adopting units of anywhere between 25 - 100 deployed service members and send them needed care package items.  In return, the USTA will send portable tennis equipment to the units.  

The USTA has partnered with Wilson to design a prepackaged carton of equipment (pop-up nets, racquets, balls and lines) that can be shipped directly from Wilson to the units.  The pop-up nets can be set-up anywhere including motor pools, asphalt surfaces and even desert-like conditions the troops will encounter while deployed.

National Guard and Reservist families reside in civilian communities where our CTAs and tennis communities are located, but we may not even know it.  Support for deployed service members improves the moral of the families left at home to cope with the everyday stresses and anxiety of having a loved one a world away and in harm's way.  The Adopt A Unit goal is to provide 300 units with support from tennis communities across the US over the first 12 to 18 months of the program, impacting up to 30,000 soldiers and their families.

You can do your part to show appreciation and support, by adopting a unit and providing the gift of tennis. The portable tennis equipment can provide the soldiers a recreational, therapeutic, and social means for reintegrating with family, friends and community upon their return.

Please join the USTA in showing your support for our brave men and women in the military who do so much to secure our freedom each day. For more information on the Adopt-A-Unit Program, please visit www.usta.com/adoptaunit  and get your  CTA/NJTL/College or school campus involved today!

Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson's core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis). For more information, visit www.wilson.com .

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