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The USTA Southern Advocacy effort is aimed at connecting the passion of USTA members and the larger tennis community with the public policy needs of the communities in which they live. We know that tennis is a sport that can change lives and improve communities, and this website is just one of the tools the USTA has developed to help make that happen across the country.

Your Southern Advocacy Consultants can help communities turn dreams into reality through the USTA Public Facility Assistance Program. Whether you're trying to figure out how to advocate for tennis in your parks, schools or on a college campus, there is help for everyone.

USTA Public Facility Assistance
Are you looking for assistance with the maintenance or construction of tennis courts? Just follow these simple steps to get started!
 

STEP 1: Complete a Facility Assistance Form. Fill out the form.

STEP 2: A National Advocacy Consultant will contact you within 10 business days to discuss your project and develop a more extensive maintenance or construction plan. 
 
Contact Information
 
Alabama Kevin Theos theos@sta.usta.com
Georgia Michael Graham graham@gatennis.com
Louisiana Ben Fontenot benjamin.fontenot@LA.Gov
Louisiana Bill Phillips phillips@sta.usta.com
Mississippi Russell Dendy dendy@sta.usta.com
North Carolina Amy Franklin amy@nctennis.com
South Carolina Graham Cox cox@sctennis.com
South Carolina Lissa Johnston lissajohnston@live.com
USTA Advocacy Task Force
USTA Southern Advocacy Committee Chairman 
Robin Jones rjonesusta@gmail.com
USTA Southern Yasmine Osborn osborn@sta.usta.com
 
Collegiate Advocacy
Whether you're interested in promoting recreational tennis on college campuses or helping to keep varsity tennis strong on your own college campus, link into our network of like-minded collegiate advocates. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has a College Advocacy Network that promotes the preservation of varsity teams on college campuses around the country. The USTA's Tennis on Campus program provides a great opportunity to keep young adults active and healthy while participating in the sport they love throughout their college years.  If you enjoyed playing high school tennis, junior tournaments, or just want to connect with other tennis players on your campus, here's your opportunity. Co-ed, competitive, instant social network... what's not to love?

Publicity
Racquet Sports Industry magazine published a very informative article on the USTA Facilities Assistance Program in December 2011. Click here to download the article by Robin Bateman. The piece was written by Robin Bateman, winner of the USTA Southern's 2007 and 2011 Marc Kaplan Media Excellence Award.
 
A fantastic article was published in the November 2008 issue of Parks & Recreation magazine that explains and extols the work of the USTA National Advocacy Task Force. Download the article, also written by Bateman. Here's another outstanding article that appeared about 10 and Under Tennis in Cary, N.C.
 
The Big Serve

The Big Serve
The USTA and USTA Southern have also created a cache of tools to help community organizers with their effort to advocate for public tennis facilities. View them at www.thebigserve.com. Of significant value is the National Advocacy Handbook and the Southern Section Advocacy Handbook. Both of these handbooks were created to help communities form a solid foundation on which to embark on a facility or program enhancement project.

The USTA and USTA Southern have also created a cache of tools to help community organizers with their effort to advocate for public tennis facilities. View them at thebigserve.usta.com/more-resources. Of significant value is the National Advocacy Handbook and the Southern Section Advocacy Handbook. Both of these handbooks were created to help communities form a solid foundation on which to embark on a facility or program enhancement project.
 
 


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