Exclusive: USTA Chairman Ecstatic with ‘Let’s Move’ Campaign
By Community | October 16, 2012
The lifelong tennis aficionado, who hands over his role to David Haggerty in January, has made it his mission to improve people’s lives through the sport and believes the partnership with the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign is imperative to get today’s youth active.
Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, he said: “As part of the development of people, we have to be sure that youngsters are getting into our sport, staying in it, and being fit.
“I believe that our 10 and Under initiative is critical to these goals.
“We are fortunate that First Lady Michelle Obama shares our vision. She has chosen tennis as one of the sports for her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity.
“We couldn’t be prouder than we are to be partnering with her.”
With US tennis having failed to meet their own high expectation on the circuit in recent years, Vegosen hopes the initiative will get more youngsters picking up rackets and forge a path to success, but urges the American public to share their long-term perspective.
He added: “It’s going to take time, and we need to be patient.
“In the meantime, our strategy to grow the base of youngsters and best athletes getting into our sport and staying in it is critical to the long-term future of our sport, and we are keeping our eye on that ball.”
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