USTA AWARDS $900,000 IN GRANTS TO GROW YOUTH TENNIS
March 13, 2012USTA AWARDS $900,000 IN GRANTS TO GROW YOUTH TENNIS
18 Communities to Receive Funding for Local Tennis Programs
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 13, 2012 – The USTA today announced that 18 communities across the country will receive a $50,000 grant as part of its efforts to get more kids playing tennis. The contribution will be distributed over a three-year period to build new and adapt current tennis courts to accommodate 10 and Under Tennis, as well as support new programs. 10 and Under Tennis provides the opportunity to achieve immediate success by playing tennis on smaller courts, using smaller and lighter racquets and slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls. In total, the USTA will disperse $900,000 in grants to support its youth initiative and fund tennis programs.
Community officials will work with the USTA to ensure that local organizers have the proper techniques and skills to implement this new method of teaching tennis to kids. The USTA and its USTA Sections will be working with partners, such as schools, public parks, youth organizations, tennis facilities, and pros to incorporate tennis into physical education classes, after-school programs and other youth programs to drive participation.
The 2012 communities are:
Atlanta, GA (east)
Atlanta, GA (west)
Lee County, FL
Metro Phoenix East Valley, AZ
San Francisco, CA
Bayamon/San Juan, PR
Salt Lake City, UT
Northern Albany, NY
"We are excited to be working with the local tennis leaders in these communities to help introduce the game to more kids," said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. "We believe tennis is the sport of opportunity that provides a lasting effect on the lives of children."
The new and adapted courts should be used more frequently, following a global rule change in youth tennis which took effect on January 1, 2012. The rule change requires USTA-sanctioned 10 and Under Tennis tournaments be played utilizing proper-sized equipment and smaller courts, signifying the emergence of 10 and Under Tennis as an integral part of the development of young players.
Last year, the USTA awarded grants and provided support to 26 communities. To date, the USTA has invested over $2 million in grants to support its youth initiative. The USTA's goal over five years is to bring 10 and Under Tennis to kids in more than 100 local markets nationwide.
For more information on the 10 and Under Tennis, visit www.10andundertennis.com.
# # #
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, "like" the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.
For more information, contact:
Trina Singian, Corporate Communications