Selected NJTL Chapters each received $15,000 and hosted the Fifth Annual "Return the Serve Fun Day presented by Chase" on July 13, 2018.


For the fifth consecutive year, the USTA Foundation partnered with longtime US Open sponsor Chase to award 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters with a grant. In 2018, Chase increased those grants to $15,000 to each chapter. Funding supports year-round tennis and education programming that engages kids in the A.C.E. curriculum (Academic Creative Engagement), the USTA Foundation's signature academic initiative.

On July 13, Chase helped each NJTL grant recipient host a “Return The Serve Fun Day” to celebrate each chapter’s programming and its impact on youth. Thousands of students in the selected cities will take part in this nation-wide celebration.

Each of the 10 local events featured high-energy and fun tennis activities, off-court educational opportunities, and a healthy lunch for the youth participants of the NJTL programs, along with their families. In addition, the events included a check presentation to the NJTL chapter leaders by a local Chase representative.

The following NJTL chapters each received a $15,000 grant:

  • A's & Aces – New Orleans, LA

  • Dallas Tennis Association – Addison, TX

  • First Break Academy – Los Angeles, CA

  • MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation – Jacksonville, FL

  • Metropolitan Tennis & Education Group – Upper Marlboro, MD

  • Houston Tennis Association – Houston, TX

  • New York Junior Tennis & Learning – Woodside, NY

  • Portland Tennis & Education – Portland, OR

  • San Francisco Recreation and Parks – San Francisco, CA

  • The ACE Project – Riverdale, IL


“Chase continues to serve as an outstanding supporter of our charitable mission,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “The increase in grant funding speaks volumes about Chase's commitment to the communities we serve. This incredible five-year partnership has truly enhanced our ability to help under-resourced youth with impactful tennis and education programs.”

“As a sponsor of the US Open for 37 years, we’re proud to support the USTA Foundation and its NJTL programs’ mission to help today’s youth build confidence, camaraderie, and ultimately pursue their dreams,” said Kate Schoff, Executive Director for Sports and Entertainment at JPMorgan Chase.

Click here to watch highlights from 2018 Chase Return the Serve events.


2017 Chase Return the Serve Video


USTA Foundation Incorporated , the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association Incorporated (USTA), brings together the powerful combination of tennis and education to change lives of under-resourced youth. The Foundation utilizes financial grants, scholarship opportunities, curricula, technical assistance and training to make a lasting difference and it’s with a primary focus to develop and ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. The NJTL network features nearly 300 chapters that reach approximately 180,000 youth on an annual basis. The Foundation raises money and public awareness to support these life-changing programs through private donations, corporate sponsorships and foundations, as well as its special fundraisers held throughout the year, including the Opening Night Gala at the US Open, the Avenue of Aces Paver program, and the Tennis Fantasy Camp at the USTA National Campus, to name a few. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $40.2 million in grants and scholarships, helping to serve up dreams for thousands of children throughout the country. 

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