On July 14, the HKTA Foundation hosted its annual 18-hole charity golf event in association once again with The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. Thanks to all the benefactors, we managed to raise in excess of HK$600,000 this year. Under the guardianship of the board of directors, the net proceeds will go towards training programmes and other initiatives to help improve the lives and well-being of disadvantaged and under-served groups in the local community through active engagement in the sport of tennis.
Through the provision of access to tennis training, the HKTA Foundation seeks to offer opportunities to further the educational and personal development of these groups in a fun and active way, while enabling them to foster the skills and develop a positive mind-set to succeed in today’s society.
The smooth running of the event would not have been possible without the all-round support of The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club that oversaw all the golfing logistics, including organising tee-off, golf cart provisions, score keeping, as well as providing food and beverage accommodation for all the participants.
HKTA Foundation Chairman Dr. Kelvin Inge enthused, 「It was a fantastic day and I want to thank Dr. Jack Wong, all the donors, the CBGCC Outreach Programme and the Committee, for their generous and excellent support. We are extremely grateful of their dedication to our cause, which will give us the opportunity to bring tennis to more young schoolchildren, the underprivileged, the elderly, the handicapped, and the under-resourced. Giving them avenues to find joy and purpose in their daily experiences through tennis will hopefully motivate and enrich their lives as well.」
HKTA President, Philip Mok, echoed similar sentiments, 「We are extremely appreciative of Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club’s continued support of our fundraising endeavor, which will allow us to deliver our community engagement initiatives to even more under-served individuals locally. Also, a huge thank you to all the donors, sponsors, and everyone who contributed to this year’s event.」
Experiences on and off the court create unique circumstances in which they can learn from their success and failure. Also, character building and moral principles can be nurtured through fair play, so youngsters who are actively engaged in sports can be good role models for their peers from school or in their neighborhood. The sporting arena is often ground zero where kids can develop an understanding of the virtues associated with respecting authority, rules, teammates, and opponents.
HKJC Tennis Rocks, in partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, is the HKTA’s largest community programme. It allows us to deliver coaching to students in over 50 primary schools across fourteen key districts, not to mention programmes for teachers to teach mini tennis, students at special needs schools, and retirees over the age of 55.
The Foundation also work with the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association, Heep Hong Society, the Learning Support Service Association (LSSA) and the Hong Kong Society for the Deaf that allows us to bring sports programmes to individuals with special learning or educational needs, who often lack the same opportunities compared to mainstream students. One of our most recent initiatives, a collaboration with the Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth (HKFHY) succeeded in introducing a wheelchair tennis programme to Hong Kong for the first time. To date, our reach has exceeded 6,000 beneficiaries.
The HKTA Foundation was set up in 2020 as a tax-exempt charitable body under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (IRD ref no. 91/16139). Our goal is to raise money through donations and the organisation of fundraising events in order to support all our current programmes and to increase their reach both by number of participants and also by types of beneficiaries across Hong Kong.
The Foundation’s support extends to scholarships, sponsorship, and the creation of new initiatives to serve the community and our goals of enhancing lives through active sporting engagement and developing tennis as a sport for all in Hong Kong.Donations to the HKTA Foundation can be made through the following ways:
Donations to the HKTA Foundation can be made through the following ways:
- Crossed Cheque Please make cheques payable to “HKTA Foundation Limited ” and mail it to Hong Kong Tennis Association, Room 1021, Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
- Bank Transfer Please make the direct deposit to HSBC bank account 741-269385-838 and email or post us the pay-in slip.
Donations of HK$100 or above are tax deductible. We thank you for all donations received and for supporting the HKTA Foundation and Hong Kong tennis.