Forty-four organizations receive USTA Foundation grants, scholarships in 2014

January 29, 2015 05:40 PM
By Nicholas J. Walz,
The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association, has completed its 2014 funding cycle by awarding $741,500 in grants – both program grants and capacity building grants – to 44 organizations nationwide. Those rewarded organizations were recognized for their efforts in providing tennis and education to under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, as well those organizations with a need for program infrastructure support.
Combined with previously awarded grants and scholarships, this latest grant funding brings the total awarded by the USTA Foundation in 2014 to more than $2.3 million.
The USTA Foundation program grant is a biannual national initiative that was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education to give under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured setting. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.
The capacity building grant is a newly established grant that helps strengthen the management infrastructure of small- to medium-sized National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters, helping them to grow, thrive and, ultimately, to impact more kids in need. Last year, the USTA Foundation combined with USTA NJTL, a nationwide network of 500 community-based tennis and education programs serving more than 225,000 youth, to become a fully operational foundation.
“The USTA Foundation is honored to recognize such outstanding organizations around this country, which greatly impact so many deserving students, children in need and the communities in which they live,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “Their amazing work makes a difference in thousands of lives across the country and truly inspires us all.”
To date, USTA Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults through tennis, education and health programming, primarily through the NJTL network, and also through efforts to military personnel, veterans and individuals with disabilities. That total includes more than $15 million to fund hundreds of programs across the country, as well as more than $4.5 million in college scholarships and player incentive awards.
The following programs were awarded 2014 year-end grants by USTA Foundation:
  1. Aceing Autism Inc. - West Hollywood, Calif.
  2. A's & Aces, Inc. - New Orleans
  3. Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation - Atlanta
  4. Boys Club of Wake County Inc. - Raleigh, N.C.
  5. Buddy Up Tennis - New Albany, Ohio
  6. Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation Inc. - Albany, N.Y.
  7. Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro/Alamance Junior Tennis Foundation - Greensboro, N.C.
  8. District 50 Education Foundation - Westminster, Colo.
  9. Embrace Your Dreams - Bethlehem, Pa.
  10. First Missionary Baptist Church-Wilson's Mills/Next Level - Wilson's Mills, N.C.
  11. Flywheel Sports Based Youth Development - New Castle, Pa.
  12. Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association - Gainesville, Fla.
  13. Genesis School Inc. - Kansas City, Mo.
  14. Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. - Orlando, Fla.
  15. Innercity Tennis Foundation - Minneapolis
  16. Lancaster Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. - Lancaster, Pa.
  17. Mcadams NJTL of Wichita Foundation - Wichita, Kan.
  18. National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis Inc. - Indianapolis
  19. National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc. - Trenton, N.J.
  20. Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA - Newport News, Va.
  21. Portland After-School Tennis & Education - Portland, Ore.
  22. Prospect Park Alliance - Brooklyn, N.Y.
  23. Providence Community Housing - New Orleans,
  24. Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington D.C. - Washington, D.C.
  25. Richmond Community Tennis Association - Richmond, Calif.
  26. Sacramento Area Tennis Association - Sacramento, Calif.
  27. San Francisco Recreation and Park Department/San Francisco Parks Alliance - San Francisco
  28. Sandy Springs Tennis Association Inc. - Sandy Springs, Ga.
  29. Sloane Stephens Foundation Inc. - Fresno, Calif.
  30. Sportsmens Tennis Club Inc. - Dorchester, Mass.
  31. St. Paul Urban Tennis - St. Paul, Minn.
  32. Stephanie Waterman Tennis Foundation - Lenexa, Kan.
  33. TEAM First PAL (Palm Beach Area Tennis Patrons) - Palm Beach, Fla.
  34. Tennis & Education Inc. - St. Paul, Minn.
  35. Tennis For Charity Inc. - Cincinnati
  36. Tennis Memphis, Inc. - Memphis, Tenn.
  37. Tennis Success, Inc. - Corpus Christi, Texas
  38. United Neighbors Inc. - Davenport, Iowa
  39. VT-Marty Hennessey Junior Tennis Foundation - Las Vegas
  40. Washington Tennis & Education Foundation - Washington, D.C.
  41. XS Tennis And Education Foundation - Chicago
  42. Youth At Heart - Tulsa, Okla.
  43. Youth Tennis Advantage - San Francisco
  44. Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy - Houston


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