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Saunders-Langford Endowment

It is with great pleasure that we announce the creation of The Saunders-Langford Endowment. This new NC Tennis Foundation endowment will provide juniors the opportunity to experience tournament tennis and reap the benefits of competing and developing lifelong relationships.

Susan Saunders Langford and Thad Langford grew up in Salisbury and Lexington, North Carolina, respectively. They came from modest upbringings, which made tennis a luxury for them and a sacrifice for their families. Both Susan and Thad were distinguished NC junior tennis players, winning multiple NC State Closed tournaments, the Tar Heel Qualifier, and competing at the USTA Southern and National levels. Due to their success in the classroom and on the court, each received a collegiate scholarship. Susan attended NC State University, while Thad enrolled at the University of Arizona.

When Susan and Thad were in college they were separated by more than 2,000 miles. However, once they graduated, they reconnected and quickly fell in love. A few years after their marriage, Susan gave birth to their daughter, Bryson. Now, Thad, Susan, and Bryson all share a passion and love for tennis as a family. Susan and Thad are quick to point out the game of tennis has been a blessing in their lives. To honor their families, who enabled them to chase their dreams, they have decided to give back to the sport that has given them so much.

Any NC junior who has competed in a minimum of three tournaments over the last 12 months is eligible to apply and potentially receive a grant from this endowment. All juniors wishing to be considered for this endowment will be asked to submit a plan to play a minimum of three additional tournaments over the subsequent 12 months. All applicants must have already obtained a current NC standing, but there is no restriction on ranking. Players must be in need of financial assistance, with a family income less than $99,000 per year for one child and $120,000 for more than one child playing USTA sanctioned events. All applicants must demonstrate excellent sportsmanship. Any junior player will be ineligible if ANY suspension points have been accrued over the last 12 months. An emphasis will be given to junior players in towns under 100,000 in population according to the US Census.

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About the North Carolina Tennis Foundation

The North Carolina Tennis Foundation was organized in 1961 for the purpose of promoting tennis and later was responsible for forming its sister organization, the North Carolina Tennis Association. The Foundation provides financial support to many worthwhile tennis programs across the state. These programs include the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Network, the NC State High School Championships, Wheelchair Tennis, and numerous grants. The NCTF is also responsible for maintaining the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.