USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, has awarded $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that provide tennis and education to underserved youth and people with disabilities.
This brings the total awarded during the 2013 grant funding cycle to more than $1.2 million. Combined with scholarships, USTA Serves awarded a total of $1.6 million in 2013.
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education for underserved youth as well as people with disabilities. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.
“USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country’s most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court.”
To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to standout players and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to achieve success.
The following programs were awarded 2013 year-end grants by USTA Serves:
1. Aceing Autism Inc. - West Hollywood, Calif.
2. Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina - Raleigh, N.C.
3. Black Women In Sport Foundation - Philadelphia
4. California Police Activities League - San Leandro, Calif.
5. Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead - Atlanta
6. Desertarc - Palm Desert, Calif.
7. Down the Line and Beyond Foundation - Haverford, Pa.
8. Earthen Vessels Outreach - Pittsburgh
9. Educational Foundation for School District 50 - Westminster, Colo.
10. Embrace Your Dreams - Bethlehem, Pa.
11. Four Aces Racquet Club - Greenville, Miss.
12. Genesis School Inc. - Kansas City, Mo.
13. Hamilton County Community Tennis Association Inc. - Carmel, Ind.
14. Harper For Kids - San Francisco
15. Hawaii Pacific University - Honolulu
16. Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. - Orlando, Fla.
17. Hero Inc. - Purchase, N.Y.
18. I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County - Boulder, Colo.
19. Innercity Tennis Foundation - Minneapolis, Minn.
20. International Rescue Committee Inc. - San Diego
21. Jerry Alleyne Memorial Fund Non-Profit Corp. - Hartsdale, N.Y.
22. Junior Tennis Ambassadors - Coto de Caza, Calif.
23. Kings County Tennis League (Marcy Tennis Club) - Brooklyn, N.Y.
24. Mentoring USA Inc. - New York
25. Prospect Park Alliance Inc. - Brooklyn, N.Y.
26. Providence Community Housing - New Orleans
27. Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia Inc. - Ivy, Va.
28. Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington DC (Southeast Tennis & Learning Center) - Washington, D.C.
29. Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands d/b/a - East Sandwich, Mass.
30. Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association - Wilmington, Del.
31. San Diego District Tennis Association - San Diego
32. Southern Children’s Network, Inc. - Fayetteville, Ga.
33. Special Olympics Florida - Miami-Dade County - Miami
34. Special Populations Tennis Program Inc. - Roswell, Ga.
35. Sportsmens Tennis Club Inc. - Dorchester, Mass.
36. Tennis & Education Inc. - St. Paul, Minn.
37. Tennis Success Inc. - Corpus Christi, Texas
38. XS Tennis And Education Foundation - Chicago
39. Youth Development Association, Inc. - Madison, Ala.
40. Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy - Houston