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USTA and NRPA Partner for Tennis in the Parks

April 15, 2004 11:31 AM

The USTA announced that it has once again partnered with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to award $250,000 in grants to 82 park and recreation agencies across the nation. Thirteen of these grantees are located in USTA Southern Section. The 82 grant recipients were selected from over 400 applications and will receive up to $5,000 to enhance the quality of their park and recreation programs.

The Tennis in the Parks grants support one of three specific needs: hiring a certified pro, hosting and/or attending a USTA Development Coach Workshop, or offering USA Team Tennis for youth and adults, including a community event.

“Parks are a critical component in our efforts to grow the game,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “This program provides the opportunity for the USTA, NRPA, USPTA and PTR to work together to make tennis more accessible to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in community parks throughout the country.”

“We’re excited to build on the successful momentum of last year’s Tennis in the Parks program,” said Kathy J. Spangler, CPRP, National Partnerships Director, NRPA. “The program elevates the caliber of tennis instruction so kids and adults are properly trained in a fun and safe environment.”

The thirteen southern grant recipients are located in the following areas:

  • Andalusia, AL: Andalusia Department of Leisure Services
  • Birmingham, AL: Birmingham Park and Recreation
  • Alpharetta, GA: Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department
  • Decatur, GA: Dekalb County Park and Recreation Department
  • LaGrange, GA: Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Valdosta, GA: Valdosta/Lowndes Recreation
  • Wilmore, KY: Wilmore Parks and Recreation
  • Shreveport, LA: Shreveport Parks and Recreation
  • Lexington, NC: City of Lexington Recreation and Parks Department
  • Oak Island, NC: Oak Island Parks and Recreation
  • Salisbury, NC: Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department
  • Pascagoula, MS: Pascagoula Parks and Recreation
  • Columbia, SC: Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

The National Recreation and Park Association is a not-for-profit professional and citizen association dedicated to advancing parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, NRPA supports the work of public, private, and non-profit recreation concerns in the areas of youth development, lifelong health, quality sports and environmental stewardship. For more information on NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and is a not-for-profit organization with more than 670,000 members. It owns and operates the US Open and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympics and Paralympic Games. It invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grassroots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to www.usta.com.




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