Contrary to public perceptions, excelling at tennis is still an extremely expensive proposition. While access to beginner and intermediate programs in public parks is often at little or no cost, training and competing in regional and national junior tournaments often requires $30,000 to $75,000 annually.
Once a player reaches the Futures/Challenger circuit, costs rise exponentially. The Panda Foundation realizes that there is an economic advantage in training and supporting three or four players, thereby sharing training costs, travel and hotel costs and by having travel mates that are also hitting partners.
That is why our training programs will be based out of Florida – a warm-weather port. There will be no indoor court costs and year-round access to affordable facilities. Your tax-deductible support dollars will allow the best Minority players to have the unprecedented opportunity to compete on a level playing field. Vinny Ciccone, former ATA Men’s Singles National Champion and a student at Xavier University, recently played in the Jamaican Davis Cup Trials and earned a berth on the Davis Cup Team. Panda CEO Bob Davis was asked to manage the team and travel with the delegation to Humacao, Puerto Rico for the tie. Click here for the photo of the team.