USTA Serves Awards more than $400,000 in Grants to 44 Organizations
June 28, 2012WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 27, 2012 - USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced today that it has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 44 community tennis and education organizations during its 2012 spring funding cycle.
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children with the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed $11 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.
"USTA Serves is proud to continue to provide financial resources to organizations impacting the future of thousands of children throughout the nation, helping them to develop life skills through tennis and education," says Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. "It is our hope and belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact their communities and beyond."
The grant recipients are chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of USTA Serves board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens.
The following programs were awarded 2012 year-end grants by USTA Serves:
1. Apple Ridge Farm Roanoke, Va.
2. Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, Inc. Philadelphia, Pa.
3. A's & Aces, Inc. New Orleans, La.
4. Atlanta Community Tennis Foundation dba AYTEF Atlanta, Ga.
5. Black Women in Sport Foundation Philadelphia, Pa.
6. Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutland Rutland, Vt.
7. Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center Brandon, Fla.
8. Bridge II Sports Durham, N.C.
9. Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation 15-Love Albany, N.Y.
10. Community Partners/DhhEAF Los Angeles, Calif.
11. East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring Palo Alto, Calif.
12. Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation White Plains, N.Y.
13. Educational Foundation for School District 50 Westminster, Colo.
14. Embrace Your Dreams Bethlehem, Pa.
15. First Serve New Mexico Santa Fe, N.M.
16. Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association Baltimore, Md.
17. Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. Orlando, Fla.
18. Henry First, Inc. McDonough, Ga.
19. Inner City Tennis Clinics Inc. Painesville, Ohio
20. Jerry Alleyne Memorial Fund Hartsdale, N.Y.
21. Jewish Council for Youth Services Chicago, Ill.
22. Katie at the Bat Team Narberth, Pa.
23. King Street Center Burlington, Vt.
24. MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Jacksonville, Fla.
25. Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation Milwaukee, Wis.
26. NJTL of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind.
27. NJTL of Trenton Trenton, N.J.
28. Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Norwalk, Conn.
29. New York Junior Tennis League Woodside, N.Y.
30. Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation Waterloo, Iowa
31. Peterson School of Tennis Atlanta, Ga.
32. Prospect Park Alliance Brooklyn, N.Y.
33. Puerto Rico Agricultural Extension Service San Juan, PR
34. Racine Community Tennis Association Racine, Wis.
35. Recreation Wish List Committee (S.E. Tennis & Learning) Washington, D.C.
36. St. Paul Urban Tennis Program St. Paul, Minn.
37. Stephanie Waterman Foundation Lenexa, Kan.
38. Tenacity, Inc. Boston, Mass.
39. Tennis Opportunity Program Chicago, Ill.
40. The Madonna Foundation Lincoln, Neb.
41. University of Akron Research Foundation Akron, Ohio
42. Uptown Music Theatre New Orleans, La.
43. Washington Tennis & Education Foundation Washington, D.C.
44. Youth Tennis Advantage Oakland, Calif.
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