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Six Southern Programs Awarded Grants

June 27, 2012 03:55 PM
More than $400,000 in grants have been awarded to 44 community tennis and education organizations around the nation, with six located right here in the USTA Southern section.
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, goes through this grant process twice a year. The program was developed to provide underprivileged kids with the opportunity to learn to play tennis, improve their academic skills and help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.
As of today, USTA Serves has distributed $11 million to multiple programs that support its goal.
The list of the five programs from the Southern section includes:
  • A’s & Aces, Inc. of New Orleans, La. began in January of 2008 with a mission to provide academic assistance, life skills, and tennis instruction to New Orleans public school children in a safe and secure environment. The grant monies will provide funding to help start a new A's & Aces project, the Pathway to College program.                                                                                                                                                         
  • The Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation of Atlanta, Ga. is a non-profit organization that was established in 2003 to meet the needs of underserved youth in the metro Atlanta area. The mission of AYTEF is to promote the physical and mental development of disadvantaged youth through tennis and education.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Bridge II Sports of Durham, N.C.  is a non-profit group in partnership with the Cary Tennis Park which was established in 2007 to create opportunities for children and adults with physical challenges to participate in team, individual, and recreational activities. Through community partners, Bridge II Sports provides equipment, coaching, play space, and develops teams for people with physical disabilities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Henry First, Inc. of McDonough, Ga. is the charitable arm of the Henry County Parks and Recreation department, will use the funds for a summer integrated tennis camp called Henry Run/Roll Summer Tennis Camp, where able-bodied and physically disabled youth (wheelchair) players will be mentored by adult able-bodied and wheelchair tennis instructors and players, according to Harlon Matthews, the department’s therapeutic recreation specialist.                                                                                                                                                    
  • Peterson School of Tennis in Atlanta, Ga. was founded by the late Coach Ernest Peterson and the academy has been a top program in the Atlanta area for more than 30 years. The program provides tennis year-round through after-school, summer camp, and boarding sessions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Uptown Music Theatre of New Orleans, La. was established in 2000 by artistic director Delfeayo Marsalis and is a summer arts program which provides junior high and high school youth with musical theatre training. 



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