When the ATP Tour comes to Newport this July, every ace fired off during the professional tennis tournament will mean more than just a point on the scoreboard – it will also result in raising significant funds to support local charities. The International Tennis Hall of Fame has partnered with 10 local non-profits for the second year of the Aces for Rhode Island program, a community fundraising initiative that leverages the upcoming Hall of Fame Open as a vehicle for creative fundraising to support a variety of important causes. 

Through Aces for Rhode Island, the participating non-profits are collecting pledges for every ace served during the tournament. Pledges start at a minimum of 5 cents per ace, with the option to give more at the donor’s choosing. With approximately 350 aces expected, a 5-cent pledge will bring in an approximate $17 donation and a $1 pledge could result in a $350 contribution designated to the participating charity of the donor’s choice. The program has limitless potential to generate significant, impactful funds for groups in need.

Aces for Rhode Island kicks off today and fundraising will run through the tournament, which will be held July 14 – 21, 2019. Pledges can be made at www.HallofFameOpen.com/aces, where donors can select the charities of their choice to support, or opt to have their contribution split equally among all participating charities. 

“We are thrilled to be able to utilize our tournament as a vehicle to support area non-profits and the communities they serve through Aces for Rhode Island. The tournament may be in town for just one week, but as a non-profit institution that calls Newport, R.I. home, the Hall of Fame is committed to giving back to our community. We are excited to be able to partner with these tremendous organizations to do so,” stated International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin.

Ten area non-profits will participate in the program. They are: 

* Boys Town New England
* Clagett Regatta
* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
* Girls on the Run
* Lucy’s Hearth
* Newport County YMCA
* Redwood Library & Athenaeum
* Star Kids
* TeamFAME
* Year Up Rhode Island

“We are really excited to partner with the International Tennis Hall of Fame and so many great non-profits in Aces for Rhode Island. It’s a creative, fun way to connect one of Newport’s signature special events in a meaningful way with really impactful, important community organizations,” stated Jennifer Barrera, Director of Lucy’s Hearth. “At Lucy’s Hearth, fundraising programs like this one are vital to our work in providing emergency shelter, housing, and additional services to homeless families in need. We’re grateful to the Hall of Fame for the opportunity, and look forward to getting the pledges going.”

Funds raised through the program will support causes that range from youth development programs to organizations that provide food and shelter to educational institutions. Each participating non-profit offers programming and services that align in a similar manner to the work of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, be it in providing programs to inspire and enhance the lives of kids in need, encouraging healthy lifestyles, or a focus on education and historic preservation. 

In addition to participating in Aces for Rhode Island, many of the groups will bring their youth groups to the Hall of Fame Open to be part of the festivities.

To learn more about Aces for Rhode Island, please visit www.HallofFameOpen.com/aces

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