Museum Admission is FREE for Kids, sponsored by Sugarpova
As part of our mission to encourage junior tennis development and to inspire future growth in tennis, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum strives to welcome young people to the museum to learn about and be inspired by the sport's rich history and great champions. We are grateful to WTA star Maria Sharapova and her company, Sugarpova, for underwriting free admission to the museum for children ages 16 & under, year round.
“I am thrilled to partner Sugarpova with the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, particularly in support of such an important program,” said Maria Sharapova, founder and creative director of Sugarpova, and the winner of four Grand Slam tournament titles. “I was lucky to discover the game at a young age, and I hope that visiting the museum will inspire children to see the opportunities in tennis and the potential that exists when someone commits to following a dream.”
Launched in 2012, Sugarpova, a premium candy line that reflects the fun, fashionable, sweet side of international tennis sensation Maria Sharapova. The candy comes in 15 variations, including gumballs, gummy candies, sours, and more, all styled in fun, unexpected types and shapes–with playful names to match. A long time candy lover with a surprising sweet tooth, Sharapova created her own candy business in 2012 to offer an accessible bit of luxury, interpreting classic candies in her own signature style. A portion of sales from Sugarpova are donated to the Maria Sharapova Foundation, which supports her ongoing dedication to a charitable cause close to her heart.
In addition to sponsoring the Kids Free program, Sugarpova candy will be featured in the three retail stores on the Hall of Fame property in Newport. Or, click here to order online now!
In Maria's own words: Why candy? Click here to read about Maria's decision to start a candy company and see behind-the-scenes photos of the development process.
In the Museum - For Kids!
For 60 years, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum has worked closely with tennis partners around the world to gather and preserve artifacts that showcase the sport’s rich history.
Through the Kids Free program, the next generation of players and fans are invited to learn about the sport. In the museum, tennis’ greatest moments come to life through video and photo presentations. The museum incorporates an extensive collection of memorabilia to showcase the sport’s history and honor its great champions. Kids have the unique opportunity to get up close to some of the sport’s most coveted trophies, including the actual US Open trophies, which are on display, when not in New York. In addition, kids who visit are often intrigued by historic pieces such as tennis dresses and lace up boots worn to play in the 19th century and awestruck by tennis gear and apparel worn by modern stars. In fact, Sharapova’s apparel from the 2012 French Open final, when she completed her career Grand Slam, is among the items in the collection.
To make the experience fun and educational for young visitors, children can participate in a Hall of Fame scavenger hunt, which guides them through the museum and encourages them to carefully examine the collections on display.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. School groups, camps and other youth groups are welcome to utilize the Kids Free program and may call (401) 849-3990 to plan a visit.