Kids Court - July 2015

A Night At The Museum - A Tennis Affair 2015

On August 1, several events took place as part of our celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Davis Cup Tie - USA vs Mexico - played back in 1965 at Samuell Grand Tennis Center.  The morning kicked off with the Davis Cup Derby.  At check-in that morning, participants/teams received the name of a country to represent during the fun tournament played in the Davis Cup format.  Midway through the morning came the official unveiling of the granite sign, erected on the tennis center's grounds, paying tribute to the 1965 Davis Cup.  On hand as a special guest and honoree of that ceremony,  the gentleman responsible for the building of SGTC (and the other 4 city tennis centers) as well as bringing the Davis Cup to SGTC: Jack Turpin. 


UGF has established the Jack Turpin Award in grateful appreciation of his service to growing tennis is Dallas' parks.  Turpin's family will help establish the criteria used to determine future recipients of this award each year.

More than 1,500 kids participated in Kids Court, a free event for kids, held at Samuell Grand Tennis Center and 5 other sites across Dallas on July 10, 2015. Our coaches and dozens of volunteers spent two hours on court with more than 500 kids who packed all 22 courts at Samuell Grand Tennis Center.  The kids played various games and drills to get ready to participate in 'prize court' for the chance to take home a free prize. The fun didn't stop there; after coming off court, MiCocina Lakewood provided plenty of tasty food for everyone to end the morning.

Davis Cup Derby - August 2015

A Night at the Museum took place the evening of August 1, 2015 at the Women's Musuem at Fair Park in Dallas.  This event was Unfurrowed Ground Foundation's first annual fundraising event and it turned out to be a huge success.  The evening began with dinner and drinks while bidding started in our silent auction for incredible items ranging from a diamond necklace to an autographed Novak Djokovic tennis racquet.  After dinner, those in attendance watched the debut of the documentary, 'The Day the Davis Cup Came to Dallas' and heard a moving speech from guest speaker Joseph C. Phillips. When it was all said and done, donations totaled more than $20,000 for Unfurrowed Ground Foundation to change lives one ball at a time by providing financial assistance to children's families unable to afford their child to learn/play the great, life-long sport of tennis.