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Macatee joins USTA Foundation BoD

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it has appointed renowned CBS Sports and Tennis Channel broadcaster Bill Macatee to its board of directors.

As a member of the USTA Foundation board of directors, Macatee will serve as an ambassador to promote the Foundation’s mission to utilize tennis and education to help those in need. He will also work to promote the Foundation’s national outreach efforts to assist under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities.

“It’s an honor for me to join the USTA Foundation as a member of the board of directors to help bring awareness of the great work this organization has done on behalf of our youth around the country,” said Macatee. “After so many years covering sports, and especially in tennis, it’s humbling for me to be a part of the sport in a new dynamic where education is a key component in driving positive change and influence. I’m fortunate that my career has led me on this unique journey and now, I’m equally as excited and committed to have the opportunity to work with the USTA Foundation and hopefully aid in the growth and continued success of this wonderful organization.”

Macatee’s sports broadcasting career has spanned more than 30 years. During that time, he has anchored network coverage of all four Grand Slam events in tennis, as well as many of the most prominent and prestigious events in golf, including the Masters, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.

Throughout his career, Macatee covered 25 US Opens, serving as the lead play-by-play announcer for 10 singles finals for CBS, including the first Grand Slam singles championships won by Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and Lindsay Davenport. At Tennis Channel, Macatee is the lead play-by-play voice for the Australian Open and his insightful interviews on the network’s two prominent programs, “French Open Tonight” and “Wimbledon Primetime,” have become a fixture of Tennis Channel’s coverage from Roland Garros and the All England Club respectively.

As a versatile sports broadcaster, Macatee’s career includes 16 years doing NFL play-by-play for CBS Sports. Moreover, he’s twice co-anchored network coverage of the Olympics (1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy) and has anchored and hosted events as diverse as March Madness in basketball, the NCAA Track and Field Championships and The World Professional Figure Skating Championships. In addition, Macatee served as a sports correspondent for the “Today Show” for NBC News and anchored the syndicated program, “USA Today on TV.”

“On behalf of the USTA Foundation board of directors, we are proud to have Bill join us as a new leader and key figure in helping the Foundation achieve its goal in serving under-resourced youth, “ said Thomas Chen, President of the USTA Foundation Board of Directors. “He has enjoyed a wide-ranging and acclaimed career as a journalist, and we are thrilled to have him lend his experience and influence to helping us reach youth around the country so they can achieve their best in all their tennis and education endeavors.”

A resident of Dallas, Macatee serves as a board member for several organizations, including Media Source, Inc., and the Dallas Sports Commission, while also serving as a senior advisor for several investment firms. Macatee spent two years as an adjunct professor at Chapman University in Southern California, where he taught sports media at the school’s prestigious Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.

In 2011, Macatee was named Outstanding Alumni by his alma mater, Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he’s currently on the board of advisors in their College of Fine Arts.

USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, helps serve up dreams for under-resourced youth; individuals with disabilities; and wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. The foundation supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need, primarily through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network, and other efforts to assist military personnel, veterans and individuals with disabilities. To date, it has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults through a tennis, education and health curricula. For more information on USTA Foundation, visit ustafoundation.com. Or stay connected through Facebook at facebook.com/USTAFoundation, and on Twitter at @USTA_Foundation.

 

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