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USTA Donation Benefits Chronically Ill Children

September 17, 2004 03:15 PM

Last week the USTA donated a collection of racquets, balls and other tennis equipment to The Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC. Victory Junction is a medical camp for children and their families living with chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses.


Richard Petty (right) accepts the USTA's donation from Jack Mills at the Richard Petty Museum. / photo by Bruce Chapman.
Former USTA Southern Section President Jack Mills was on hand to present the donation and accepting the gift on behalf of the camp was legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty. Petty has been on the camp’s Board of Directors since its inception. Mills, from Columbia, SC, is also the Vice Chair of the USTA’s Public Affairs Committee.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is one in the network of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded by legendary movie actor Paul Newman. While each individual camp has its own founder or founders, Newman is responsible for starting it all.

In 1988, he opened and founded The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, for children with cancer and serious blood disorders. Since then, Newman has founded other camps in New York, Florida, Ireland, France and California. Wanting to give kids battling life-threatening diseases the chance to "kick back and relax” he insists that the camps' focus be about fun and that it be free of charge for the campers and their families.

Victory Junction was founded in October 2000 when Kyle and Pattie Petty partnered with Newman to launch their most ambitious project to date - The Victory Junction Gang Camp. The project was founded to honor their son Adam (the first fourth generation professional athlete in the United States) who died in May 2000 during practice for a NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race in Loudon, New Hampshire.

 

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