Today, the Sloane Stephens Foundation and Universal Tennis announced a new long-term partnership to support the athletic development and personal growth of under-resourced youth through tennis participation.
Under the partnership, the Sloane Stephens Foundation will adopt the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle - the the world’s most accurate tennis rating system which measures all players regardless of age, gender and socioeconomic status, on the same scale - as its official player rating system. The Foundation will also leverage the innovative UTR Platform to organize fun and flexible tennis events for its youth participants, help players set goals and track progress, create engaging fundraising programming, and connect and engage with their local community.
Sloane Stephens, Founder of the Sloane Stephens Foundation, former World No. 3 and 2017 US Open Champion said, “Tennis has given me so many incredible opportunities and has had such a positive impact on my life. Our goal at the Foundation is to use tennis as the basis for lifelong learning, healthy lifestyle choices and a positive, constructive future. We are excited to implement Universal Tennis’ innovative platform and rating to help our program and our kids.”
Universal Tennis is providing all National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL) USTA partner organizations with free access to the UTR Platform to support their work to develop talent and character in youth through local tennis participation.
“We are honored to partner with the Sloane Stephens Foundation and support their important work to use tennis as a foundation to build positive character development and identify potential new opportunities for success,” said Anne Worcester, Universal Tennis President. “We are pleased to offer the UTR Platform for free to all NJTLs.”
Today, there are more than 250 nonprofit youth development organizations within the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL)across the United States that offer free or low-cost tennis and education programming to 160,000 under-resourced youth every year.
Join the Sloane Stephens Foundation digital club on UTR to discover events and opportunities. Visit MyUTR.com to sign up, create or find your free player profile, and join the global tennis community on UTR.
Do you want to integrate UTR into your tennis programming? Let us know at MyUTR.com/GetInTouch and we'll help you get started.
About Universal Tennis
The mission of Universal Tennis is to make tennis more affordable, accessible and fun for all players, regardless of age, gender, level and socioeconomic status. Anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle - the world’s most accurate tennis rating system - Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Watch our video and visit MyUTR.com to sign up, create or find your player profile, and join the global tennis community on UTR.
About the Sloane Stephens Foundation
The Sloane Stephens Foundation assists in developing a constructive future for young people by providing educational opportunities and encouraging healthy lifestyles, proper nutrition, and participation in physical fitness activities. We strive to cultivate a new generation of tennis players, and to help empower children around the world to dream big and achieve on and off the court. Through nationally recognized after school curricula, college preparatory programs and exciting Net Gen tennis, the Sloane Stephens Foundation offers underserved students the additional tools necessary to achieve in and out of the classroom. Visit https://sloanestephensfoundation.org for more.