Starting with the tournament’s inception in 1989, the Dow Tennis Classic has partnered with The Dow Chemical Company to take touring pros to the local schools, and invite school groups to come to the Dow Tennis Classic to experience world-class tennis.

The “Pros to the Schools / Schools to the Matches” program allows students to hear from the world’s top tennis players about reaching for your dreams, achieving personal excellence, and about cultural diversity. During the tournament, nearly 30 touring pros will interact with over 4,000 students from different schools in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“Think Smart. Dream Big!” is a program for at-risk youth from area alternative high schools, where they will enjoy a special day of tennis designed just for them at the Dow Tennis Classic.

Throughout the tournament, local non-profit organizations will also be highlighted with the hope of raising further awareness for them. Organizations that will be highlighted this year include Camp Fish Tales, Greater Midland, Midland County Habitat for Humanity, Midland Special Olympics, and Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center.