The United States Tennis Association (USTA) made a $15,000 donation to the Folded Flag Foundation as part of Military Appreciation Day during the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at the BB&T Atlanta Open . The Folded Flag Foundation provides educational grants and scholarships to surviving family members of military and government employees who have lost their lives in combat while serving our country.
This year’s scholarship recipient was Crystal Blasjo. Blasjo and her two children joined the Folded Flag representative, Christine Husted for a ceremonial coin toss before Fernando Verdasco and Nick Kyrgios’ quarterfinal match.
After the first set of the match David Slade, USTA Foundation president, joined John Coogan, Folded Flag Foundation Executive Director, and other Folded Flag Foundation Trustees, Fred Schremp and Peter Brual at center court to present the charity with the check. The Folded Flag Foundation is a non-profit organization that relies on the donations of the public to help supplement the current death benefits available to the dependents of United States military personnel and other government employees who have lost their lives in defense of our country. All of the donations made go directly to the families in need.
The BB&T Atlanta Open was honored to host the event as part of the ATP World Tour 250 event that runs through Sunday at Atlantic Station. Semifinals and Finals tickets for the weekend are available at www.bbtatlantaopen.com.