Message from the ITHF Chairman
February 3, 2014
Dear International Tennis Hall of Fame Friends:
Last week the City of Newport Zoning Board approved our final plans to totally update and refurbish the museum that showcases the global sport of tennis, to build a new tennis facility that will house 3 indoor courts and add 3 indoor/outdoor courts to our property, to build new offices and retail space, and to renovate the center court and other spaces at the historic Hall of Fame facility.
As I have said many times, this is a very important time for the one and only International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. This approval culminates more than two years of work by many dedicated supporters—but it’s only the beginning. To date, $12.5 million of the $15.7 million goal has been raised thanks to the outstanding leadership and commitment of Capital Campaign Co-chair Ed Woolard and because of the generosity from many of you. It has been a long process of devising and laying out what we feel is a spectacular plan for the future of the Hall of Fame. The Capital Campaign Committee and the Design Committee have done an amazing job to date. The entire project has been carefully planned and designed by very generous groups of volunteers and supporters—with excellent staff support.
In the upcoming weeks, you will hear about plans for a May 14 groundbreaking, which we invite each of you to attend. We hope to have the entire project completed in less than 24 months. You will also hear our plans for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Hall of Fame throughout 2014, a milestone of our rich history that we embrace as we simultaneously embark on this project we call Match Point—the campaign to strengthen the future of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
So far we have well over 100 generous contributors. Now we need your help in reaching our goal. If you have been considering a special gift or an additional gift to the capital campaign (the first in over 12 years), now is the time. We need and request your continued support. To those of you who have generously contributed, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation. To those who are considering joining in, we hope that you will let us know your plans in the next month so we can finalize the exciting new plans and programs. There are numerous naming opportunities and sponsorship options for you, your family, and your company.
In 1976, the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame & Tennis Museum was designated the one and only International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. It became our responsibility to preserve and display the complete, global history of the game, to promote tennis all around the world and to honor tennis’ greatest champions and most influential leaders and contributors. We have the good fortune to be able to do this at a beautiful, unique, and important historic facility in Newport, of which we are also committed stewards. So please join us as we complete the once in a decade campaign to ensure the future of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. Your contribution will make a real difference as we plan for the future of the Hall of Fame facility and to enhance its many programs all around the world. Please be in touch with Ed Woolard or me, or with Mark Stenning or Christine Frost at the Hall of Fame.
Christopher E. Clouser
Chairman, Board of Directors
Co-chair, Match Point Capital Campaign