Community Commitment

The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies is a WTA event that leverages the excitement of world-class women's tennis to benefit the community and maximize support for women's, youth and military causes in Connecticut.

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WOMEN'S CAUSES

 

The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven: An annual CT Open fundraiser that has generated funds and awareness for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. To promote the 2015 Smilow Closer to Free Ride, WTA and Men's Legends players, sponsors, and fans rode spin bikes and took the "Closer to Free Player Challenge" to raise funds earmarked for the Breast Center at Smilow. Of the $2.2 million raised this year, $20,000 was generated via the Player Challenge.

 

Aetna Symposium for Female Student Athletes: an annual panel discussion for 100+ female student athletes, co-hosted by the CT Open. This year's topic focused on "Diversity and Inclusion in Sports," moderated by ESPN's Kate Fagan.

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YOUTH CAUSES

 

New HYTEs (New Haven Youth Tennis & Education): a year-round tennis, education and mentoring program for inner city youth that is fully integrated into the CT Open via staff volunteerism and inclusion in tournament events and fundraising for 12 years. The annual Emirates Airline Returns Clinic also results in a generous cash and equipment donation of $15,000 for New HYTEs.

 

Latino Day: in its 15th year, a CT Open clinic that has partnered Latino youth and families with WTA and Legends players for mentorship, coaching, and lunch followed by a day of tennis. The program has introduced scores of Latino youth to affordable tennis programs with New Haven Parks & Recreation.

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MILITARY CAUSES

 

Veterans and Active Duty Military Members: Military Appreciation Night, a longtime CT Open tradition, has honored our military during tournament week with complimentary tickets and other programs.

 
In 2015:
  • United Technologies treated military members and veterans to a Military Outpost, USO Show Troupe and Color Guard
  • Bank of America, CT Open players, celebrities and dignitaries expressed gratitude with the #TroopThanks social media campaign to benefit Wounded Warriors Project
  • Frontier Communications honored a fallen hero during an "Honor and Remember" ceremony
  • Knights of Columbus provided American flags to all fans
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50/50 PROJECT

 

A new program designed to help non-profit organizations from across 
the state fundraise by selling tournament tickets. 13 organizations 
participated in year one and nearly $2000 was donated back to the
charities. 

 
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