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USTA Serves Awards $54,500 In Southern Grants

January 28, 2014 04:27 PM

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced the awarding of seven grants to USTA Southern organizations, totaling $54,500. The foundation concluded its 2013 grant funding cycle by awarding $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that provide tennis and education to underserved youth and people with disabilities.

Special Populations Tennis Program Inc. of Roswell, Ga. received a $17,000 grant.

Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc., is an organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Programs are offered free of charge to all skill levels, including those who have never played, and feature year-round tennis instruction, league play and tournament competition. The USTA Serves grant will be used to expand the program by opening new training sites in previously underserved areas of Metropolitan Atlanta and to produce a series of "how to" video modules to facilitate use of the program model in other USTA sections.

Adaptive Tennis Association Of North Carolina in Raleigh, N.C., received a $7,500 grant.

Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina is dedicated to raising awareness and developing adaptive tennis programs for persons with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of North Carolina. The program’s goal is to provide adaptive tennis programs year-round through clinics, tournaments and PE-Adaptive Tennis in the public school systems. The grant money will assist the organization in including 10 more schools in its program and to encourage adaptive tennis, within schools and between schools, with the goal of starting high school conference play. This is the second USTA Serves grant awarded to the Adaptive Tennis Association, totaling $20,000.

Southern Children’s Network, Inc. of Fayetteville, Ga. received a $10,000 grant.

The mission of the Southern Children’s Network (SCN) is to assist students with their educational needs and to provide them with an outlet to discover, to explore and to express their different learning styles through creative and project-based activities. The USTA Serves grant will help the program increase its Imaginarium Learning Center Tennis and Fitness Program by adding tennis instructors, increasing hours for academic instructor and enabling additional enrollment. This is the third USTA Serves grant awarded to SCN, totaling $40,000.

The Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead, a branch of the Southern Young Men’s Christian Association Of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc., of Atlanta, Ga. received a $5,000 grant.

The Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead is a cause-driven organization that promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Carl E. Sanders YMCA’s belief is that a strong community can only be achieved when the community invests in kids, health and neighbors. The USTA Serves grant funds will  allow the YMCA to continue to expand the tennis component of its after-school enrichment program. This is the third USTA Serves grant awarded to the Carl E. Sanders YMCA, totaling $20,000.

Four Aces Racquet Club of Greenville, Miss. received a $5,000 grant.

Four Aces Racquet Club will use the grant money to create a youth tennis instructional program that will teach youngsters how to play the game of tennis and provide them with the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle. This is the first USTA Serves grant awarded to the Four Aces Racquet Club.

Providence Community Housing of New Orleans, La. received a $5,000 grant.

Providence Community Housing of New Orleans is working to bring home 20,000 victims of Katrina by rebuilding and/or developing 7,000 units of housing—both single-family homes and apartments. Its mission is to foster healthy, diverse and vibrant communities by developing, operating and advocating for affordable, mixed-income housing, supportive services and employment opportunities for individuals, families, seniors and people with special needs. The USTA Serves grant will support the growth of their Faubourg Lafitte Youth Tennis program by funding additional weekend sessions, its first week-long camp, USPTA-certified instructors, equipment and healthy snacks. This is the first USTA Serves grant awarded to Providence Community Housing of New Orleans.

Youth Development Association, Inc. of Madison, Ala. received $5,000 grant.

Youth Development Association, Inc., promotes the advancement of minorities, with a focus on development opportunities for youth. Though open to all youth, YDA programs are especially aimed toward underserved youth in Huntsville and Central North Alabama areas. The USTA Serves grant will help start the Youth Development Association's Love - Set - Match Afterschool Enrichment Program. The program is being developed to expose more than 1,000 underserved youth to tennis, promote academics, develop interest in post-graduation education, teach life skill components and offer social, civic and philanthropic opportunities through mentoring and community service. This is the third USTA Serves grant awarded to the Youth Development Association, totaling $21,000.




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