Kids benefit from multicultural grant funding

March 22, 2013 10:45 AM
Kids across the nation will receive a helping hand courtesy of USTA Multicultural Excellence Tennis Grants. In total, 10 community tennis organizations and 68 student-athletes from Honolulu to New York will receive a total of $225,000.
The 10 organizations that were selected to receive the grants all operate year-round and provide a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities to youngsters who aspire to achieve national or international rankings. The organizations were chosen based upon the number of players with sectional and national rankings in their programs, and each will receive $7,500 in grant funding to help offset the costs of their junior development programs.
The individual junior players who received Multicultural Individual Player Grants for National Competition & Training will be awarded $1,000 to $4,000 to go toward funding their tennis careers. Grants were awarded based on the success of each player from the previous year in tournaments they competed in throughout the year.
"The USTA is extremely proud to honor these programs for the tremendous work they do in developing today’s young tennis players," said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. "We are delighted that through these grants, many up-and-coming players will continue to receive the most outstanding on-court instruction and guidance that will prepare them for the highest level of competition and successful tennis careers overall. Not only is their work great, but their impact will truly be profound."
2013 Multicultural Excellence Program Grants Recipients - Organizations:
Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program - New York
Johnny Mac Tennis Project - New York
Kilauea Jr. Tennis Club - Honolulu
Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis - Las Vegas
Northwest High Performance Tennis - Seattle
One Ace One Foundation - Upper Marlboro, Md.
Peterson School of Tennis - College Park, Ga.
South Atlanta Community Tennis Association, Inc. - Atlanta
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center - Dorchester, Mass.
Tier One Tennis - Miami
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