WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Jan. 15, 2014) — USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, today announced it has awarded Special Populations Tennis Program Inc., of Roswell, Ga. a $17,000 grant. During its 2013 year-end funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 40 community tennis and education organizations more than $450,000 in grants.
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. This is the first USTA Serves grant awarded to the Special Populations Tennis Program.
“USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country’s most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court.”
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that provide disadvantaged, at-risk children 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. Chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of Foundation board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections, the 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. USTA Serves has awarded more than $16 million in grants and scholarships to youth and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to realize success. That total includes more than $12 million to fund 247 programs.”
USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence. For more information on USTA Serves, visit www.ustaserves.com.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States 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 770,000 members, it invests 100 percent 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 eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s national charitable foundation, 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:
Jasmine Sheppard, Corporate Communications, USTA; (914) 697-2275; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Houseknecht, BZAPR on behalf of the USTA; (212) 708-1677; email@example.com