Tennis Talks: Grassroots to hold virtual fundraising event with Tracy Austin

Grassroots, is a non-profit youth development organization whose mission is to build a foundation for success through tennis and education, will host a virtual one-hour fundraising event in March.

The event, on March 25 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., is the second in a series “Tennis Talks,” in which host CK Swett will engage in a lively discussion with sister and brother tennis greats, Tracy and Jeff Austin.

The virtual event will be kicked off with a brief introduction and program update from Grassroots’ executive director Betsy McNeil, senior director of tennis David Kimani, and director of education Kristi Miller.

Immediately following, CK Swett, Co-founder and Auctioneer of Lot 1 Auctioneers, will host an energetic virtual discussion with two tennis greats, sister and brother, Tracy and Jeff Austin.

Former world number one professional tennis player and winner of three Grand Slam titles, Tracy Austin won the women’s singles titles at the 1979 and 1981 U.S. Open, as well as the mixed doubles title at the Wimbledon Championships in 1980. Since retirement, Austin has worked as a commentator for NBC and the USA Network for the French Open and the US Open.

Former top 100 ATP ranked professional tennis, Jeff Austin is head of Octagon Sports and Entertainment Agency’s basketball division. He represents Golden State Warriors’ all-star point guard, Stephen Curry, among others.

Topics will include their observations about tennis and the sports world, their experiences as players and competitors, Tracy’s experience as a commentator and Jeff’s experience as an ATP pro and now NBA talent agent.

Throughout the evening, attendees will be given the opportunity to submit questions via email, which will be shared with the Austins.

Grassroots is a youth development nonprofit organization that uses the sport of tennis to engage youth in holistic out-of-school time programming. This free, year-round program combines tennis instruction with leadership development, social-emotional and character development, and college and career readiness support.

A chapter of the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning Network, Grassroots serves more than 100 children each year, ages five to 18 with a relationship-first approach that brings children and their families together with dedicated volunteers and caring staff. Grassroots serves kids where they live — at Cummings Park in Stamford and at the Youth Center and the William Rippe Tennis Center in South Norwalk.

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