Tennis Memphis Receives Inaugural USTA Grant

January 30, 2008 09:35 AM

The USTA announced that Tennis Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. has been awarded an inaugural Community Partnership Strategic Investments Grant (CPSI). The grant, in the amount of $40,000, is one of six grants awarded by the USTA which total $200,000. The grant’s are designed to support community based organizations who build tennis communities through collaborative and lasting partnerships. The organizations that were selected met the following criteria: increasing tennis participation, supporting tennis programming and fostering diversity with both participation and programming.

“We are proud to support Tennis Memphis, as they reach out to a diverse audience and provide them the opportunity to learn the game of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.

Tennis Memphis is a non-profit Community Tennis Association, with a mission to provide support and programming that promotes and develops the game of tennis in the Memphis area. Tennis Memphis is a diverse organization striving to enhance and change the lives of people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds in the community through the game of tennis, and through educational and life skills programs. Established in 2001, Tennis Memphis operates the seven City of Memphis tennis centers, which include 50 outdoor and 12 indoor courts for the benefit of the public. Annually, 71,350 people play on the public courts. Of these, 2,500 are youth participants in the after-school programs. With 60% of all youth involved in the programs receiving some form of scholarship, doors of opportunity are opened for those in need. Since its inception in 2001, over 25 players have received tennis college scholarships through Tennis Memphis.

Tennis Memphis is one of six inaugural recipients of the Community Partnership Strategic Investments Grants, others include: Dallas Tennis Association; Northern Delaware Tennis Association; Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Tennis Association; National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) of Trenton (N.J.); and Kahiau: A Tennis Foundation.

All grants ranged from $20,000 to $40,000 and will be renewable for up to three years based on their progress. Following, this period these, organizations are expected to be self-sustaining without additional USTA funding. All grants awarded must be matched at a minimum of 1:1 (dollar to dollar) with non-USTA funds. Matching commitments can be made in cash or in in-kind services such as staffing, court usage, court construction, bussing and utilities.

 

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