Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova will co-host the 17th annual Opening Night Gala on Monday at the 2017 US Open.
The gala is the major fundraiser for the USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the USTA, and is expected to generate more than $1 million.
Earlier this year, the USTA Foundation announced it had reached the $25 million mark in grants awarded to grass-roots tennis and education programs since its inception, including $10 million over the past three years.
These funds support the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network, that leverages tennis, education and life skills programming for more than 225,000 youth nationwide. NJTL is a national network of more than 350 community-based tennis and education programs co-founded by Arthur Ashe in 1969.
This year, ESPN, which will serve as the presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year, has donated $400,000 to the USTA Foundation in support of its mission.
Chairman of the USTA Foundation’s Celebrity Councihosting the event for the third consecutive year.
The Opening Night Gala will posthumously honor Carol Richardson Kimmelman, a member of the 1983 USC national championship team, and renowned New York City architecture and engineering pioneer Fred Shen with the “Serving Up Dreams” award. Baldwin and Navratilova will be presenting the awards, recognizing Kimmelman and Shen for their dedication in supporting the principles and ideals of the USTA Foundation.