Mark Hurd’s role in advancing Oracle’s support for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has been instrumental in developing Oracle’s partnership with ITA. The alliance led to the development of several ITA initiatives, including: The Oracle/ITA Masters, The Oracle Collegiate Tennis Challenge, and the Oracle/ITA Arthur Ashe Jr./All-Star Outing.
Hurd is proud to be supporting rising tennis stars through the partnership, stating “This program is just one of the many ways Oracle is supporting college students and universities nationwide. Our partnership with the ITA gives us another opportunity to invest in college students who are key to Oracle’s future.”
Under Mark’s leadership, Oracle also created the Oracle US Tennis Awards. The $100,000 tennis grant for is awarded to one male and one female professional tennis player who have demonstrated an aptitude for success and extraordinary sportsmanship during their pro tour. Tennis professionals Danielle Collins and Mackenzie McDonald were the inaugural recipients in March 2017.
Following graduation from Baylor University, Hurd has continued to support his alma mater through contributions to the Baylor Bear Foundation, the primary fundraising organization for Baylor Athletics, and the Men’s Tennis Excellence Fund.
Hurd has been instrumental in the Baylor tennis facility renovations. He helped fund the renovation of the outdoor tennis facility, which was later renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in honor of his family’s generosity to the tennis program. The facility officially opened in 2001, and has continually undergone additional updates. A premiere collegiate facility, the Hurd Tennis Center was rated No. 1 College Tennis Facility in 2015 by Tennis Magazine and hosted the 2015 NCAA Championships.