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There are three fund raising programs for tennis in BC: the Community Youth Tennis Foundation, the Jack Pedlar Junior High Performance (JPJHP) Travel Fund, and the Rob Fletcher Legacy Fund.

The Jack Pedlar and Rob Fletcher Legacy Funds are programs of Tennis BC to support high performance coaches travel and schools programs respectively.  These programs accept donations through Tennis Matters who issue tax receipts to the donors and send the money to Tennis BC to manage.  Tennis BC has set up two bank accounts to manage the funds as they are received and spent and are within the donations account of the Tennis BC financial statements.

Please see below for more detailed descriptions of the fund raising programs for tennis in BC.

If you are interested in learning more and/or donating, please see the Tennis Canada Tennis Matter’s Policy, Procedure and Donation form or contact mroberts@tennisbc.org. Please note funds received by Tennis Matters that are directed to a province are sent to the PTA.

The Community Youth Tennis Foundation was incorporated on December 1, 1997. The purposes of the Society are to promote and assist in the development of youth tennis at the community and neighbourhood level. In particular, the Foundation will benefit youths who would not otherwise have access to tennis programs or the means to participate in the enjoyment of the game of tennis.

The Board of Directors of the Society are prominent members of the tennis and business community whose mandate is to raise money to establish general and specific funds designated to meet the needs of young tennis players who might otherwise not have the opportunity to play or enjoy tennis at every level.

Working in cooperation with the National Sports Trust Fund, tax receipts for funds donated to the Patrons’ Fund, which is a specific fund under the trusteeship of the Community Youth Tennis Foundation, can be issued.

The Foundation will serve as the trustee of all funds, whether donated directly to the Foundation or through the National Sports Trust Fund. Board members will initiate and support fundraising activities for both specific purpose funds as well as general funds.

Background

In 2013, Jack Pedlar was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame for his service to tennis in British Columbia. Jack was a huge contributor to the development of Tennis BC through his efforts with the USTA and the Pacific Northwest Tennis Association. He was president of Tennis BC in 1973-1974 and

was honoured as Mr. Tennis in 1976. He was on the Board of the Pacific Northwest Tennis Association in the 90’s before he became vice president in 1990-1991 representing the province of BC. His contribution to tennis was also recognized through his induction into the Pacific Northwest Tennis Association (2001).

Throughout the years he won numerous senior titles in Singles and Doubles.

Purpose of Fund

To support Junior High Performance Travel internationally, specifically to support the coaches travelling with the BC Team.

Administration

JPJHP Committee will be comprised of Joanie McMaster, Deb Orange, Carol Pedlar, supported by Mark Roberts and in consultation with Oded Jacob. Funds will be directed to Tennis Canada, Tennis Matters with the funds being be administered by Tennis BC in consultation with the JPHPT committee. Tax receipts will be issued by Tennis Canadaís Tennis Matters.

Distribution of Funds

A total of $12,700 was raised through the generosity of 19 donors. Tennis Canada matched the total amount ($6,350). Over the next five years, $2,000 will be distributed to Junior High Performance Team Travel (Coaches) for international travel.

Recognition

Donor recognition will be managed by Tennis BC through the following vehicles:

  • Personal thank you cards to all donors signed by the Executive Director and Chair of the Partnership Committee
  • Names listed on the Tennis BC website, in the Tennis BC Insider newsletter and in the annual report
  • Donors will be invited to an annual recognition event hosted by Tennis BC

Rob Fletcher had a significant impact on Tennis in BC and the programs and services Tennis British Columbia provides. It was his leadership, both as a director and President, that initiated strategic planning and an emphasis on grass roots tennis programs, engaging people of all ages in all areas of the province.  These initiatives and programs resulted in TBC having one of the highest participation rates in the country.  Sadly Rob passed away in December 2013.

To honour Rob’s significant leadership and to support his passionate desire to inspire all people, especially children to take up the sport of tennis, Tennis BC has created the Rob Fletcher Legacy Fund.  This fund will be used to support the popular school’s program in BC.  The funds will be used to support the delivery tennis leadership, instruction, equipment and programs to schools in the province.

Tennis BC works with many school districts in the province to enable students to receive positive tennis lessons using the progressive tennis programs created by Tennis Canada that feature right sized equipment and innovative teaching techniques.   Additional funding is required for some schools to take advantage of the tennis program.  The Rob Fletcher Legacy Fund would support the school’s program in schools where financial support is needed.

Administrative Structure

The Rob Fletcher Legacy Fund may receive donations either directly or through Tennis Canada who will issue a tax receipt.  See attached for the Tennis Canada Donation Form to be used with your donation.

Tennis BC will maintain a separate Bank Account called the Rob Fletcher Legacy Fund, where all funds donated will be deposited.  This account will be audited with the Tennis BC accounts annually.

The CEO of Tennis BC will identify a school program annually where financial support is required for the program to be successful.

Rob Fletcher did so much for so many people.  This Legacy Fund will continue his efforts

 

To view and/or complete the Donation Form, please click here.

To view the Donation Policies for Provincial Associations, please click here.