WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – The USTA announced today that it has awarded $75,000 in Multicultural Excellence Tennis Grants to 10 community tennis organizations across the country. These organizations will each receive a $7,500 grant towards their competitive junior development programs that train youngsters who are aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings.
The recipients were selected based on the number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program. Grants are awarded to organizations that operate year-round and provide a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities, with a history of developing tournament-level players.
“The USTA is extremely proud to honor these programs for the tremendous work they do in developing today’s young tennis players,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. “We are delighted that through these grants, many up-and-coming players will continue to receive the most outstanding on-court instruction and guidance that will prepare them for the highest level of competition and successful tennis careers overall. Not only is their work great, but their impact will truly be profound.”
2013 Multicultural Excellence Program Grants Recipients:
Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program – New York
Johnny Mac Tennis Project – New York
Kilauea Jr. Tennis Club – Honolulu
Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis – Las Vegas
Northwest High Performance Tennis – Seattle
One Ace One Foundation – Upper Marlboro, Md.
Peterson School of Tennis – College Park, Ga.
South Atlanta Community Tennis Association, Inc. – Atlanta
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center – Dorchester, Mass.
Tier One Tennis – Miami
Multicultural Individual Player Grants for National Competition & Training, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000, were also awarded to 68 student-athletes throughout the country. The grants, totaling $150,000, provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding is based on the success level of each player from the previous year. He or she must train and compete in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results.