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Ten Southern Section Communities Funded by USTA in Support of the 2003 USA Tennis Plan for Growth Initiative

February 6, 2003 05:28 PM

The USTA today announced that it will fund 100 communities across the nation to support USA Tennis Programs as part of the 2003 USA Tennis Plan for Growth initiative. Included in the 100, are ten from the USTA Southern Section. These markets include: Mobile, AL, Fayetteville, AR, Atlanta, GA, Macon, GA, Savannah, GA, Lexington, KY, Lafayette, LA, Asheville, NC, Charlotte, NC and Wilmington, NC.

The USTA selected these markets from hundreds of applicants to support local USA Tennis programs through promotional and organizational outreach. Many of the markets will hold free USA Tennis “Rock & Rally” events to kick off USA Tennis Month in May. These exciting tennis events provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience the fun of tennis and give them the opportunity to join USA Tennis programs.

Over the last six years, more than 400 communities across the country have received grants and training through the industry-wide USA Tennis Plan for Growth, a $50 million initiative launched in 1998 to increase tennis participation across the country in USA Tennis programs.The Plan for Growth’s charge to develop and strengthen Community Tennis Associations is pivotal to the success of the initiative.

"The real leaders of the USTA are at the community level,” said Alan Schwartz, President, Chairman of the Board, and CEO, USTA. “These are the people who, on a hands-on basis, tend to the growth of tennis in this country; these are the people with the drive and desire to start Community Tennis Associations and get their friends and neighbors involved in our great game. This funding will help these leaders make our sport’s grassroots that much stronger.”

"The USA Tennis Plan for Growth has touched over a million people thanks to the dedicated work of staff and volunteers in funded markets who execute USA Tennis participatory programs,” said Ron Woods, Director of USA Tennis Plan for Growth. “We expect terrific results in 2003 from the 102 funded communities by focusing on recruiting new players, retaining present players and bringing former players back to the game.”

The USA Tennis Plan for Growth is spearheaded by the USTA and developed in partnership with the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Other organizations supporting the initiative are the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), American Tennis Association (ATA), ATP, WTA Tour, and World TeamTennis.

The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and is a non-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It owns and operates the US Open and selects the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.




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