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USTA Announces Partnership with BlazeSports America

February 14, 2006 01:40 PM

The USTA announced that it has teamed with BlazeSports America, a program of the U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund (USDAF) that offers a comprehensive sports and fitness program for children and adults with physical disabilities. This partnership will hopefully help to increase visibility and participation in wheelchair tennis around the nation.

The partnership will benefit from both organizations' resources, including programming elements of the USTA and BlazeSports America's vast connections to the disabled community. It provides a platform to increase the awareness and accessibility of wheelchair tennis across the nation.

"By teaming with BlazeSports America we are gaining a partner with a strong identity and credibility in the disabled community," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "The partnership will offer us the ability to reach more individuals throughout the U.S., and elevate the programming of wheelchair tennis on every level, from the grassroots to the highest levels of the sport, the Paralympics and World Team Cup."

"This partnership with the USTA will have a far reaching impact, introducing youth, adults and military who have a physical disability to a sport that is fun, challenging, and inclusive," said Andy Fleming, President, USDAF. "Tennis has quickly become one of the more popular sports in BlazeSports offerings and this will help to increase the quality and reach of the programming."

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition. As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing U.S. wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.




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