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What is ESG?

ESG is an acronym that stands for Environment, Social Responsibility and Governance that was popularized in 2004 by the United Nations in a report titled, “Who Cares Wins.”   ESG is a framework by which corporations and organizations aspire to promote good stewardship with regard to positive impact on the environment, social responsibility and accountable governance.

Sports players may use ESG when selecting which organizations to associate and to recreate and, thus, may seek information about an organization’s ESG efforts.

WATA strives to fulfill ESG through:
man serving in tennis

WATA contracts with tennis facilities that are accessible via public transportation, thereby reducing greenhouse emissions.

For those players that are environmentally conscious, here are some suggestions for you:

  • Reduce the number of tennis balls that you may use only once by using them more than once.
  • WATA contracts with tennis facilities that are accessible within walking or biking distance from a metro or bus station or from your home.
  • Players can purchase tennis products that are manufactured by eco-friendly companies.
  • Players can request that tennis stringers, tennis retail stores and tennis manufacturers not use plastic bags or plastic wraps to cover their tennis racquets.
Social Responsibility

WATA programs support health and wellness through physical activity and social networking.

Health and Wellness benefits:

  • Reducing cardiovascular disease: Playing just 3 hours/week will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by 56%, according to a 2016 Harvard University study
  • Building stronger bones through physical activity, according to a 40-year study conducted by Johns Hopkins University
  • Reduce Stress: Playing Tennis promotes physical, mental, social, and emotional health which can help with managing stress according to “Tennis on Point” article published by USTA Mid-Atlantic.
  • Weight loss: An hour of singles play can burn 580-870 calories, according to Oja, et al, Brit J Sports Med, 2016
  • Develop hand-eye coordination: Playing tennis involves several skills that all contribute to good hand-eye coordination. You can improve your agility, balance, coordination, and reaction time, according to “Tennis on Point” article published by USTA Mid-Atlantic
  • Community Benefit: Tennis players have the opportunity to develop friendships through social interactions that enhance well-being and happiness, according to a study by Dr. Jim Gavin at Concordia University


WATA is a 501c7 non-profit organization that is in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Maryland’s State Department of Assessments.