ABOUT ARKANSAS CUP
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to promote tennis in Arkansas.
At our core, we’re simply tennis people helping tennis people and giving back to the tennis community.
What we do:
The AR Cup Tennis Foundation connects eight Central AR tournaments and three Northeast AR tournaments, the Delta Cup, together for a fun-filled year of tennis. We also have a wonderful group of sponsors who help us be able to give back to the tennis community.
We give a Head tennis racket and bag to a junior player in need at each AR Cup tournament.
We donate balls for junior development.
We assist Special Olympics with tennis programming.
The Arkansas Cup Tennis Foundation (aka. Arkansas Cup) is an adult tennis tournament series that links Central Arkansas tennis tournaments together for the opportunity for players to win cash prizes. The first year was a huge success, raising over $9,000 in prize money for players.
Participating tournaments had approximately 2,000 players registered in 2018 which was a 35% increase in registration rate compared to 2017. Arkansas Cup tournaments are very popular and have won multiple awards, not only in Arkansas but in the Southern Section as well. We’re doing our part to promote tennis in Arkansas and we’re nowhere close to being done.
This year we are expanding our reach and are looking for your help to not only continue our growth in adult tennis participation but to give underserved youth in our community the opportunity to experience the great benefits of tennis.
We do these things through:
- Volunteer Opportunities
Arkansas Cup Board Members
President and founder of Arkansas Cup Tennis Foundation which also runs the Arkansas Cup Series and the newly formed Delta Cup In Jonesboro. The Arkansas Cup Tennis Foundation began its relationship with Special Olympics in 2018 hosting some clinics in conjunction with our adult tournaments.
In 2020, we became an official partner of Special Olympics Arkansas where we provide all training and run clinics and completions for SO coaches and athletes.
I am the Assistant Tennis Professional at Chenal Country Club with a certification of Elite Professional from USPTA. I have been at Chenal for three years full time teaching adults and children. I also teach at Hurricane Lake Estates in Benton as well as Pine Bluff Country Club.
I am co-creator and director of the High Stakes Shootout. Shaun Wiseman and my self wanted to create a fun player focused tournament that would be competitive but also very fun and social. So in 2016, the Shootout was born. The Shootout has been the USTA Arkansas Adult Tournament of the Year in 2017 and 2019 along with USTA Southerns Adult Tournament of the Year in 2019. In 2020, USTA Southerns made the Shootout a championship level tournament which is only given out to 8 tournaments in the south each year.
I am an avid tennis player still playing on multiple teams and tournaments a year. I am married to Melanie Kiker and we have a blended family of 7 kids. We live on a 60-acre farm in Hot Spring County and have horses and other animals as well. We rescue and foster dogs for Dogs Only rescue organization as well.
Mat joined the board in 2020 with a focus on sponsorship relationships and new sponsorship opportunities. Mat is a Little Rock native and currently serves as Vice President at Millennium Capital Advisers. He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is also a graduate of Catholic High School in Little Rock.
Mat has been playing tennis all of his life and is a very active member of the tennis community. In addition to tennis and a certain hashtag, Mat is also known around town for making some delicious barbecue sauce.
I’m from Star City and currently live in Bryant with my wife, Kristi, and our 3 dogs – Sunshine, Daisy, and Styx. I work for Arkansas Legislative Audit where I audit state agencies. I have a Bachelor’s degree in
Accounting and Finance and a Master’s of Accountancy.
I started playing tennis in high school but
slacked off in college. Finally started playing league tennis consistently in 2015 when Kristi and I moved to Little Rock.