The primary beneficiary of the tournament is the COR (City of Reading) Recreation Commission Tennis program, which is part of a local government initiative focused on providing “neighborhood-based recreation and learning opportunities for all ages - with an emphasis on affordable programs for children - at schools, parks, [and] playgrounds.” While COR offers instructional programming for most sports, its tennis programming has been especially successful at producing top players in the region, as well as serving as a diversionary force for youth within a traditionally underserved community/city. Tournament proceeds fund 16 scholarships for junior players that span the entirety of their junior careers with COR tennis.
In 2023, the EPTC was able to provide 16 scholarships to underprivileged youth
Current COR Player speaking at the VIP & Player Party about the impact the COR program has had on her life both on and off the court.
COR Players at the Kids Clinic with players Max Neuchrist, Filip Misolic, KP Pannu and Holden Koons.
Antietam High School Tennis Flood Relief
Tragically, a portion of Berks County - Lower Alsace Township - was devastated by flash flooding and excessive rainfall during the summer of 2023. This included the Antietam School District and all of its associated educational and athletic facilities. Amongst these were both the tennis courts and equipment that belonged to the school district’s tennis program. The 2023 iteration of the EPTC featured an additional charity program to raise money to help rebuild Antietam’s tennis program, dubbed “Aces for Antietam.” The program donated $10 to Antietam Tennis for every ace hit by the pros during the tournament. Diadem also lent a helping hand in tandem with the Aces for Antietam program, providing the team with eight cases of balls, racquet bags for the entire team, and several premiere Diadem flagship racquet frames with string.
The EPTC was able to provide a check for $2500 to help get the Antietam Tennis program back up and running.