The Folded Flag Foundation received a $15,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation on Friday as part of Military Appreciation Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

The mission of The Folded Flag Foundation is to provide educational grants and scholarships to surviving family members of military and government employees who have lost their lives in combat while serving our country.

Prior to the start of the second match of the day between Fernando Verdasco and Nick Kyrgios, Folded Flag scholarship recipient Crystal Blasjo joined Folded Flag representative Christine Husted for a ceremonial center-court coin toss.

After the first set of the match, Blasjo and Husted were again at center court, joined by USTA Foundation Executive Director Dan Faber, Folded Flag Foundation Executive Director John Coogan and Folded Flag Foundation Trustee Peter Brual, where Faber presented the charity with a donation in the amount of $15,000.

As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, The Folded Flag Foundation relies on public donations to help supplement the current death benefits available to the dependents of United States military personnel and other government employees who have lost their lives in defense of our country. Because all administrative costs for the charity are underwritten by Black Knight Financial Services and ServiceLink, 100 percent of all donations to The Folded Flag Foundation goes directly to the families in need.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the USTA Foundation to recognize our military heroes on Military Appreciation Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open,” said Coogan. “And, we are honored to accept their generous gift, which will go far in helping the family members of our bravest fallen warriors continue on a pathway of education.”

“The USTA Foundation is proud to partner with The Folded Flag Foundation to further their cause of providing scholarships to the families of our fallen military – families who have already sacrificed so much,” said Faber. “The USTA Foundation believes strongly in giving back to our communities and supporting programs, like The Folded Flag Foundation, to help build brighter futures and support students as they pursue their educational goals.”

To learn more about The Folded Flag Foundation, including how to apply for scholarship aid, visit

About The Folded Flag Foundation

The Folded Flag Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to honoring the legacy of our fallen heroes by helping their families with financial support for education. The Folded Flag Foundation proudly gives 100 percent of ALL donations to families in need. Corporate sponsors Black Knight Financial Services and ServiceLink underwrite all administrative costs. For more information on the Folded Flag Foundation, including how to make a donation to support this cause, please visit