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USTA Northern California Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

February 1, 2013 01:55 PM
USTA NorCal Executive Director, Steve Leube assists young child.
USTA Northern California helped celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by participating in the full day of free festivities at the famed San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens on Monday, January 21st, 2013, . Thousands of celebrants came together for a full day of exciting programs, festivals and activities in honor of Dr. King.
Steve Leube, USTA NorCal Executive Director, members of his team, Lita Anderson, Manager of Outreach, Silvia Duenas-Bielser, Diversity and Outreach Specialist, Christine Ferry, Tennis Service Representative for San Francisco and a group of dedicated volunteers were on hand to meet and greet hundreds of participants who stopped by to learn about USTA program offerings, try their luck at the Fast Serve Booth contest and educate themselves about Black Tennis History icons like Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and many others. Remarked Mr. Leube, "I was in awe of the hundreds of youngsters who came by the Fast Serve Booth contest who had never in their lives ever even touched a tennis racket. But once they got it in their hands, they were hooked. These kids’ excitement about tennis demonstrates to me that there is still a largely untapped territory for us, but the enthusiasm and commitment I and the USTA NorCal staff have for creating and fostering more inroads into these new communities is extremely encouraging."
The SAP Open professional men’s tennis tournament, scheduled for February 11th – 17th in San Jose, graciously donated a raffle prize of two sideline box seats and tennis equipment retailer Sports Basement contributed valuable gift cards as their contributions to the USTA Northern California Share the Dream of MLK prize package which was raffled off at the KBLX-FM Radio sponsored evening reception, The Dream and 50 Years. Youngster Natalie Vigil who had been out enjoying the MLK Holiday with her family earlier that day was the lucky winner of the prize.
USTA NorCal’s participation on the MLK holiday was the official inauguration of its 2013 diversity outreach strategy, "CENTER COURT" designed to celebrate the richness of multicultural tennis and how it is helping to shape the future of the sport. 



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