2017-05-18 / Around Town

A Beneficial Partnership

By Brooke Constance White

The International Tennis Hall of Fame has earned designation as an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, providing the local attraction with access to the Smithsonian’s sprawling network of exhibitions, education initiatives and resources to develop new programs and experiences.

Todd Martin, CEO of the hall of fame said, the partnership furthers his desire to bring the hall of fame to the world. "This partnership with the Smithsonian does a tremendous amount to help us export Newport," he said.

“We are incredibly excited about our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, as it immediately benefits our members, visitors and future tennis fans immeasurably,” said Doug Stark, International Hall of Fame museum director. “We can provide our guests with a more enriching experience and create lasting experiences by providing more in-depth content, as well as expanding the reach of tennis by sharing our resources nationally.”

It is the only sports hall of fame with the distinction. To become an affiliate of the Smithsonian, candidates must take part in rigorous vetting that looks at every aspect of their organization, such as leadership structure, collection management and program procedure. Candidates are accepted if they have a common mission, are dedicated to providing education and public service and have the capacity to bring Smithsonian exhibits and programs into their facility.

Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations, said they are honored to recognize the hall of fame as its newest affiliate.

“We look forward to working together on future exhibits, STEM-centered educational programs, and collaborative research to honor the history of tennis and to inspire future generations to recognize the relevance of all sport as a vital and barrier-breaking human activity.”

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