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Alpha Kappa Alpha And Kappa Alpha PSI Pledge Support For Greater Fort Lauderdale As New Home Of The American Tennis Association

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) joins local chapter leaders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by Black college women, and Kappa Alpha Psi, in welcoming the American Tennis Association (ATA) to its new home in Broward County.

With the building of a National Training Facility and a Tennis Hall of Fame in Greater Fort Lauderdale's historic African-American Sistrunk community, the GFLCVB, joins AKA and KAP, as well as other Greek organizations with national board members who reside in South Florida, in support of this unique tourism initiative that provides recreational tennis, the training of future professional players, and the emerging development of the city's historic Black community.

"We are proudly developing partnerships to re-engage and expose Greek chapters to tennis and to promote and support the ATA's efforts," said Albert Tucker, vice president of Multicultural Business Development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

American Tennis Association (ATA), the oldest sports organization for African-Americans in the U.S., has been a training ground for many of the world's top players including the late Arthur Ashe, the first Black player ever selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team to be ranked number one and the only black man to ever win the singles titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.

Plans for the new ATA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, designed by V-Interiors, co-owned by Serena Williams, include a National Training Facility to develop young talent and a Black Tennis Hall of Fame in the historic Black Sistrunk community in Fort Lauderdale. 

The 97th annual tournament will be held Aug. 3-9 as part of what has now become the Black Tennis Summer Family Reunion event, a week of summer activities for all ages where people can enjoy tennis matches and workshops, cultural events and an urban experience in a resort atmosphere. For the third year, more than 3,000 amateur tennis players and their families and tennis enthusiasts will gather for what has become a tradition promoting togetherness. 

In addition to the Black tennis initiative, Greater Fort Lauderdale continues to draw high-profile Black groups for conferences, including the 100 Black Men of America in July and the National Urban League in 2015. 

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