WASHINGTON DC, USA - ThanksUSA has launched the nation's first online trivia contest connecting tennis and military to raise awareness of the group's mission to provide scholarships for the troops' children and spouses.
During the US Open, sports fans and history buffs will be able to test their knowledge of both tennis and military history by downloading the free Tennis Thanks the Troops Trivia app for mobile devices here. Those without a mobile device can participate on the ThanksUSA website.
"This contest is the first of its kind," said Bob Okun, CEO and chairman of ThanksUSA. "Participants will discover inspiring connections between tennis and our troops, many of whom applied their talents and strengths from their military careers to competing and winning on the courts."
The unique, fully interactive game is sponsored by the Entertainment Software Association Foundation.
"This is a fun way for tennis fans to join ThanksUSA in supporting our troops and their families," said WTA doubles legend and charity spokesperson Lisa Raymond. "My dad served in the Navy and taught me the values of teamwork, discipline and commitment. That's why I've teamed up with ThanksUSA and will be wearing a ThanksUSA patch during the US Open."
Winners will receive prizes such as Prince tennis racquets signed by Raymond and T-shirts signed by Raymond and ATP doubles stars Bob and Mike Bryan.
"Our fans know how competitive we are on the court," said Bob Bryan. "We hope they will be just as competitive and engaged in the Tennis Thanks the Troops game that brings attention to ThanksUSA and benefit military families."
Trivia contest winners will be notified by email on September 30 and will be announced on the ThanksUSA website.
The trivia contest is just one part of ThanksUSA's Tennis Thanks the Troops campaign, a cornerstone in the charity's efforts to thank America's troops through education. US tennis clubs, professionals, players and fans help provide need-based post-secondary school scholarships to military families through fundraising activities, including special tournaments, raffles and other events. The nationwide campaign was launched this spring, with the United States Professional Tennis Association leading the effort with ThanksUSA and additional support from the United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic.