The HKTA Foundation hosted its annual charity golf tournament on Thursday, June 8th, in Association with The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. Thanks to all the participants and donors, the Association is delighted to report that this year’s event raised over HK$700,000. 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 Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, once again, generously provided:
• The all-round support in the hosting of the HKTA Foundation Charity Golf Tournament 2023, including venue arrangement and logistics, event management, golf course green fees, golf cart waivers, a “beat-the-pro” session, and food & beverages for the participants.
• The venue and organisational assistance to the ‘Golf and Tennis Experience Day’ for HKJC Tennis Rocks students
HKTA Foundation Chairman Dr. Kelvin Inge enthused, “It was a fantastic and rewarding day and I want to thank Mr. Lam Siu Wai, all the donors, and the CBGCC Community Outreach & Charity Committee for their 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.”
HKCTA President, Philip Mok, echoed similar sentiments, “We are most appreciative of Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club’s continued support of our Foundation’s fundraising undertaking, which will enable us to deliver our community engagement initiatives to even more beneficiaries locally. I want to express our deepest gratitude to all the Donors and Sponsors who have supported the Foundation so enthusiastically. Your contributions have made a real difference in the lives of those in need, and we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity.”
CBGCC Chairman, Lam Siu Wai, remarked, “Clearwater Bay has always been a keen proponent of local sport development, but when it comes to supporting the charitable organisation partners of our Community Outreach & Charity Programme, we always go the extra mile. We recognise HKTA Foundation’s mission and dedication to improving the lives and well-being of the disadvantaged and needy groups in the community. We support their effort and we appreciate you all who have donated generously.”
Experiences on and off the court create unique circumstances in which they can learn from their success and failure. Likewise, character building and moral principles can be nurtured through fair play, so youngsters who are actively engaged in sports can become 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, to name a few.
HKJC Tennis Rocks, in partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, was established in September 2016 and remains the HKCTA’s largest community programme. It allows us to deliver coaching to students in 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. As of May 31, 2023, more than 10,000 students across 55 schools have taken part in ‘Tennis Rocks’, while additional participants have joined the ‘Special Tennis Rocks’, including those from special schools.
The HKTA Foundation also works 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.
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:
- 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.