Season’s Greetings! MTEF has had another exciting and productive year. MTEF’s TEAM programs continue to grow in popularity and impact, thanks in part to our List of 39, an individual measurement system that tracks results in our four core areas – 1) Academics, 2) Fitness/Nutrition, 3) Life Skills, and of course, 4) Tennis.
Three MTEF participants finished first in the NJTL National Student Athlete Competition (NSAC) and one finished second, making MTEF the first chapter to have three gold medalists and one silver medalist in the year-long competition.
Chanda Rubin and Mark Tauscher again played instrumental roles, with Rubin doing double duty by attending the NJTL Pro-Am / Rally and serving as honorary chair at this year’s Tennis Ball gala for the second consecutive year. One of the highlights of the rally was the appearance of US Senator, Ron Johnson, who addressed the 325 participants and spent time talking to many of the kids individually.
As one of the founders of NJTL, Arthur Ashe demonstrated that tennis can be a powerful and cost-effective tool to change the lives of central-city children. Ashe was more than a great athlete, his commitment to social justice and humanitarian issues left a mark on the world as indelible as his tennis was on the court. The goal of MTEF is to continue the work and legacy of Arthur Ashe here in Milwaukee.
As you plan your year-end donations, please consider MTEF. There is so much more to do in the months and years ahead – and so many reasons to be optimistic about our future. I hope you enjoy reading our most recent newsletter, The Match, and it inspires you to do something to make a difference in the life of a child.
MTEF is proud to be a National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Chapter.