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USTA Announces Partnership With Providence After School Alliance (PASA)

March 20, 2007 10:46 AM
The USTA announced that it has formed a partnership with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), an initiative of Mayor David N. Cicilline and operated by the Education Partnership, which will give students at middle schools throughout Providence the opportunity to participate in tennis during the after school hours.

The partnership will bring tennis to all five AfterZones which are citywide neighborhood campuses created by PASA to provide high quality after school programming for Providence youth. PASA currently has over 1,000 youth from Providence middle schools participating in its programs. Enrollment in the USTA tennis program began several weeks ago, and so far 150 children have signed up. Following today’s announcement, which was held at Springfield Middle School in Providence, R.I., fifty middle school students demonstrated tennis activities offered at the AfterZones.

Four area National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) chapters – Blackstone Valley Tennis Association, East Bay Community Tennis Association, Serving Providence Organized Tennis, South County Community Tennis Association – will serve as the providers for the tennis programs. The USTA donated equipment, including racquets, foam balls and portable nets that allow tennis to be played anywhere, including school gymnasiums and parking lots. Programming will be held twice a week at each site, for 28 weeks of the year.

“Our partnership with PASA is a perfect example of collaboration between two groups looking to better the lives of children through sport,” said Jane Brown-Grimes, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “This will allow for youth throughout the City of Providence to have the opportunity to experience quality tennis programming during the after-school hours, and is a model for future partnerships with cities and schools throughout the country.”

“How great to know 150 middle school youth are learning a new sport that contributes to their healthy development while participating in friendly competition,” said Mayor Cicilline. “Our partnership with the USTA is a model for what PASA hopes to do with other sports and athletic leagues that are looking to reach out and involve the talented youth in Providence. The AfterZone system provides the perfect opportunity for sports leagues and college athletes to connect Providence youth to the wide world of sports that will keep them healthy, expose them to college opportunities and help to build character.”

“Serving middle school youth in Providence is a whole new game for PASA thanks to the USTA,” said Hillary Salmons, Director of PASA. “Partnerships such as this enable us to bring more diverse, fun and healthy after-school offerings to the youth of Providence.”

The National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) is a program owned and managed by the USTA, founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, to provide high quality tennis and education programming to children in underserved communities.




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