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USTA Serves Awards Grants To Three Southern Organizations

USTA serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced it has awarded 33 year-end grants totaling $420,650. The total number of program grants awarded in 2010 was 59, for a total amount of $855,150. Combined with scholarship awards, USTA Serves distributed more that $1 million in 2010.
Three Southern organizations were recipients of year-end grants. The programs are: A’s and Aces in New Orleans, La.; MACH Academy in Augusta, Ga. and Up a Break in Marietta, Ga. A’s and Aces and MACH Academy each received $10,000 dollar grants while Up a Break’s grant totaled $15,000.
A’s & Aces is a non-profit organization which provides academic assistance, life skills, and tennis instruction to more than 350 New Orleans public school children. The name "A's & Aces" was chosen to demonstrate a commitment to excellence, both in the classroom and on the tennis court. The mission of the organization is to increase scholastic performance by providing academic support and tutoring; teach tennis and dedication to a disciplined practice schedule; and offer the opportunity for local youth to pursue tennis as a life-long healthy and social activity. The USTA Serves grant will fund the A’s & Aces First Serve Project which affords 41 third-grade children attending ARISE Academy in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans with four hours weekly of QuickStart Tennis, academic assistance and First Serve life skills mentoring on the school campus.
MACH Academy, Inc., is a not-for-profit, community-based organization which provides year-round classes and camps at the Fleming Tennis Center in Augusta, Georgia; Smith Hazel Community Center in Aiken, South Carolina; and satellite locations throughout the Central Savannah River Area. Programs and services inspire and nurture self esteem in young people who often lack encouragement and support in their daily lives. More than 75 participants are served weekly through in-house, hands-on programs and services, while another 55 are served through special outreach projects. Its mission is to provide life skills development sessions for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, ages 3 – 18, through interactive academic, technology, nutrition and tennis/fitness activities. MACH Academy will use the USTA Serves grant to support their after school Healthy and Wise program, which will revolve around the 3Rs – rigor, relevancy and relationships.
Up a Break, Inc. provides junior tennis program support and mentoring to the disadvantaged youth, ages 5-18, of Atlanta’s inner city Washington Park community, one of the poorest sections of Atlanta with many children living in single-family households. The Washington Park Tennis Center was once a thriving tennis center, but due to limited funds, quality coaching is not readily available. The USTA Serves grant will allow the organization to double the number of tennis players it currently serves, helping the children to build self esteem and respect for others, foster a healthy lifestyle and instill values of sportsmanship, responsibility and discipline, while also helping to improve their academic performance and attendance.
"USTA Serves is excited to continue investing financial and other resources to support organizations that believe in the powerful combination of tennis and education," said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. "We are proud of each organization’s expertise, commitment and passion, and commend them for making an impact in the lives of the people they serve."
The following programs were awarded 2010 year-end grants by USTA Serves:
1. Abundant Waters, Inc., New York, N.Y.
2. A’s & Aces, New Orleans, La.
3. Azleway, Inc., Tyler, Texas
4. Boston Inner City Youth Tennis Program, Dorchester, Mass.
5. Boys & Girls Clubs of Camden County, Inc., Camden, N.J.
6. Boys & Girls Club of Martin County, Inc., Hobe Sound, Fla.
7. CREATE Tennis, Inc., Washington, D.C.
8. Ethel Walker School, Inc., Simsbury, Conn.
9. Harlem Junior Tennis Program, Inc., New York, N.Y.
10. Harper for Kids, San Francisco, Calif.
11. Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc., Orlando, Fla.
12. HERO, Inc., Purchase, N.Y.
13. I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, Colo.
14. International Rescue Committee, Inc., San Diego, Calif.
15. KIPP Endeavor Academy, Kansas City, Mo.
16. Latin American Youth Center, Washington, D.C.
17. MACH Academy, Inc., Augusta, Ga.
18. Mentoring USA, Inc., New York, N.Y.
19. New York Junior Tennis League, Woodside, N.Y.
20. Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Waterloo, Iowa
21. Our Military Kids Inc., McLean, Va.
22. Portland After-School Tennis & Education, Inc., Portland, Ore.
23. Project Lovematch, Inc., Saddle River, N.J.
24. Reach for College Inc., Washington, D.C.
25. Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association, Wilmington, Del.
26. Say Yes to Education, Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.
27. Sportsmens Tennis Club, Inc., Dorchester, Mass.
28. Tennis for Charity, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
29. United Neighbors, Inc., Davenport, Iowa
30. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
31. Up A Break, Inc., Marietta, Ga.
32. Youth Tennis Advantage, Oakland, Calif.
33. Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy, Houston, Texas



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