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Adopt-a-Court Grants Continue to Fund Facilities in the USTA Southern Section

May 6, 2003 10:58 AM

The USTA's Adopt-a-Court program continues to support local tennis facilities throughout the nation. In December 2002, the first round of grants totaling $27,000 were doled out to 12 tennis facilities and, more recently, $152,000 was given to an additional 34 facilities. Of these 46 facilities, eleven are located in the USTA Southern Section.

The USTA Adopt-a-Court program, an offshoot of the USTA Technical Committee, is a cooperative program administered by the USTA, its Sections, Districts and Community Tennis Associations that provides grants specifically for the repair or upgrade of public tennis facilities. The USTA Adopt-a-Court program is sponsored by Deco Systems one of the nation's top tennis court surfacing companies. Every dollar given by the USTA is matched by the section in which the facility is located.

Below is a listing of the eleven facilities in the USTA Southern Section that received funding. The total dollars listed includes both funds from the USTA and USTA Southern Section.

Facility NameCity, State# of CourtsTotal Grant AmountDate $ Was Given
City of Natchez (Duncan Park)Natchez, MS8$5,00012/2002
Dellinger ParkCartersville, GA13$5,00012/2002
Demetropolis Road Park and CenterMobile, AL2$5,00012/2002
Fleming Tennis CenterAugusta, GA8$5,00012/2002
Topsail High School Tennis CenterHampstead, NC4$5,00012/2002
Legion Stadium Tennis CourtsWilmington, NC4$5,00012/2002
Denmark Public Tennis CourtsDenmark, SC2$5,0005/2003
Dobyns Bennett High SchoolKinsport, TN6$5,0005/2003
Columbus-Lowndes Recreation AuthorityColumbus, MS8$5,0005/2003
Brandon City CourtBrandon, MS6$1,7785/2003
City of CampbellsvilleCampbellsville, KY10$4,6005/2003

“Facilitating access to usable public tennis courts is central to the USTA’s mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis,” said Lee Hamilton, Executive Director, USTA. “The Adopt-a-Court program provides funding to breathe life into older, worn tennis courts, enabling current and future players to enjoy the very best resources to play tennis.”

Established in 1999, the USTA Adopt-A-Court program has grown each year, providing larger grants to an increasing number of facilities every year. In its four years of existence, the program has given grants to 72 tennis facilities to refurbish courts. In 2003 alone, the USTA Adopt-A-Court program expects to give grants to over 100 tennis facilities throughout all 17 USTA Sections, including Hawaii and the Caribbean.

 

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