2014/04/21

USTA Serves to Host Second Annual Pro-AM in the Hamptons

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USTA SERVES TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL PRO-AM IN THE HAMPTONS

Event to Raise Funds in Support of USTA Serves and USTA Player Development

Sotheby’s Auction House to Sponsor Evening Reception

at The Bridge in Bridgehampton

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 1, 2013 – USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced it will host its second annual Pro-Am in the Hamptons, Thursday, August 22 in East Hampton, N.Y., beginning with a doubles round robin tournament, and an evening reception sponsored by Sotheby’s Auction House. Both events will serve to raise money to help fund college scholarships and program grants to community-based tennis and education programs throughout the country, and help fund USTA Player Development efforts to develop world-class American tennis players.

 

The day will kick off at noon with the Pro-Am at the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club, featuring four-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1, Jim Courier; current world No. 22 and No. 2-ranked American men’s player Sam Querrey, and current world No. 15 and No. 2-ranked American women’s player Sloane Stephens, all of whom will be paired with foundation donors.

 

USTA Serves is hosting a sunset cocktail reception at The Bridge in Bridgehampton, N.Y., at 6 pm. Honored guests include former world No.1 and International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe, who will meet with guests throughout the evening. Sotheby’s Auction House will be the premier sponsor of the event.

 

“We are looking forward to another great day of tennis in the Hamptons for a second year,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. “I’m delighted to have East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club and The Bridge once again serve as hosts for a spectacular day. We are thankful to our tennis legends as well as our  rising stars of today’s game, along with our sponsors and other participants, all of whom are coming together to support the missions of USTA Serves and USTA Player Development.”

 

“The event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the USTA’s continued efforts of building and cultivating the sport of tennis as a result of the tremendous work of USTA Serves and USTA Player Development,” said Patrick McEnroe, General Manager of USTA Player Development. “This is a great opportunity for attendees to lend their support to both great causes.”

 

To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $15 million in grants and scholarships to people and programs throughout the country in an effort to  provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to realize success. The mission of USTA Player Development is to develop world-class American players through a clearly-defined training structure and competitive pathway, as well as through the implementation of a comprehensive coaching philosophy and structure.

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USTA Serves to Grant $395,000 in College Scholaships

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 20, 2013 – USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it will grant 58 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling $395,000.

 

An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.  Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

 

“For many years, USTA Serves has proudly awarded students throughout the country for their outstanding achievements on and off the tennis court,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. “I am excited that we can play a role toward their continuous excellence in academics, as well as their drive to succeed within this great sport. We look to them as the next great leaders, scholars and champions, and for that, USTA Serves congratulates them on their future endeavors.”

 

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors:

 

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award (Student receives $15,000 award)

Awarded to one high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program, the Marian Wood Baird Scholarship was created by the Baird family and named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for over 40 years of volunteer service.  The 2013 recipient is Beech Grove High School senior Haley Bougher of Indianapolis.

 

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship (Students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is granted to two high school seniors who have performed with distinction and have actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service and an organized tennis program.  The award is named for Dwight Filley Davis, who began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894.  In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a 217-troy ounce silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition, marking the birth of the Davis Cup.  Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923.  His grandson, Dwight F. Davis, III, created the scholarship to honor his grandfather’s achievements and contributions to tennis.  The 2013 recipients are Ravenwood High School senior Vivian Hao of Franklin, Tenn., and Cooper City High School senior Vincent Ong of Cooper City, Fla.

 

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (Students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is presented to two USTA-ranked high school seniors of ethnically diverse heritages who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program.  This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African-American elected to the USTA Board of Directors.  It was created with input from the USTA Multicultural Participation Committee and supports the Level One Priority of Diversity within the USTA.  The 2013 recipients are Newport High School senior Angela Chen of Bellevue, Wash., and Odyssey Charter School senior Marvin Pagayonan of Las Vegas.

 

Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award (Students each receive $10,000 award)

The Rosalind Walter Scholarship is presented to two high school seniors who are academically achieving students of good character and who share Walter’s belief in always putting forth one’s best effort and in giving back to one’s community to make it a better place. The scholarship is named in honor of Rosalind Palmer Walter, an active member of the USTA Serves Board since its inception. Walter was responsible for funding the first USTA Serves scholarship in 1994. The 2013 recipients are Pueblo West High School senior Lauren Howe-Kerr of Pueblo West, Colo., and University School of Jackson senior James-Roland Markos of Jackson, Tenn.

 

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship (Students receive $2,500 award)

The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community.  This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.  The 2013 recipients are Stanton College Prep senior Lara Dedic of Jacksonville, Fla., and State College Area High School senior Cooper Josephs of State College, Pa.

 

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship (Students each receive $8,000 award)

USTA Serves awards college scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. This year’srecipients include:

 

 

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship (Students each receive $1,000) 

USTA Serves has established a college textbook scholarship that provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipients include:

 

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Dan Faber Named USTA Serves Executive Director

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 20, 2013 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTA Serves announced that Dan Faber has been named Executive Director of USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA. In this role, Faber will be dedicated to increasing the outreach of the 19-year-old foundation and continuing its mission of changing lives through tennis and education. Faber is based in the USTA’s White Plains, N.Y., headquarters and will assume his new role today.

 

“I am proud to welcome Dan Faber to the national USTA family and applaud his successful track record and endless commitment to integrating tennis and education,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “Dan not only brings an incredible level of expertise in helping youth benefit from an involvement in our sport, but also a profound skill in the ability to procure the necessary funding to continuously maximize that effort. It’s evident that his diligence and commitment to the philanthropic sector will be integral to upholding USTA Serves’ mission and to taking its good work to a new and exciting level.”

 

Faber brings 13 years of experience working in the tennis and education field, integrating the two sectors to achieve a multitude of successes in the areas of fundraising, programming and strategic planning. Most recently, Faber served as the Executive Director of NJTL of Trenton in Trenton, N.J. The organization is one of hundreds of chapters affiliated with the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network.

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USTA Serves Hands Out $1.7 Million in Grants in 2012

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From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 10, 2013 USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced today that it has granted 34 community tennis and education organizations in the U.S. more than $340,000 in grants. Combined with scholarship awards, USTA Serves distributed $1.7 million in 2012.

 

The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk youth with the opportunity to participate in tennis and strive for academic excellence, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $11 million to 236 programs that support its mission.

 

“USTA Serves is happy to support these organizations throughout the country who strive to provide systemic change for America’s youth, by promoting tennis and education,” says Deborah Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These organizations share our belief that tennis, combined with education, can have a lasting effect on the lives of children and help pave the way to a brighter future for them. It’s an honor to support these organizations, and we applaud them in their efforts.”

 

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 and committee personnel. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully demonstrate the ability to provide quality programming and measurable outcomes.

 

The following programs were awarded 2012 year-end grants by USTA Serves:

 

  1. Aceing Autism Inc.,Los Angeles
  2. Adaptive Tennis Association Of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
  3. Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.
  4. Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, Tenn.
  5. Dallas Tennis Association, Addison, Tex.
  6. Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia, Penn.
  7. FDDOC Winners’ Circle, Inc., Shreveport, La.
  8. Genesis School Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
  9. Harper for Kids, San Francisco
  10. HERO, Inc., Purchase, N.Y.
  11. I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Boulder, Colo.
  12. Inter American University Of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  13. International Rescue Committee, Inc., San Diego, Calif.
  14. MACH Academy, Inc., Augusta, Ga.
  15. Monterey County Police Activities League, Prunedale, Calif.
  16. New Haven Youth Tennis and Education, Inc., Guilford, Conn.
  17. Our Military Kids Inc., McLean, Va.
  18. Panda Foundation Inc., Bradenton, Fla.
  19. Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, Newport News, Va.
  20. Police Athletic League Of Parsippany Troy Hills, Parsippany, N.J.
  21. Prince Georges Tennis And Education Foundation Inc., Upper Marlboro, Md.
  22. Quickstart Tennis Of Central Virginia Inc., Ivy, Va.
  23. Reach For College Inc., Washington, D.C.
  24. Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands, East Sandwich, Mass.
  25. Rodney Street Tennis and Tutoring Association, Wilmington, Del.
  26. San Diego District Tennis Association, San Diego, Calif.
  27. Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, Dorchester, Mass.
  28. Tennis & Education Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
  29. Tennis for Charity Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
  30. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  31. University Of La Verne, La Verne, Calif.
  32. Ventura Education Partnership, Ventura, Calif.
  33. YMCA of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
  34. Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy, Houston, Tex.
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Laredo Resident to Raise Money for USTA Serves By Running the New York City Marathon

G.Memo Trevino photo courtesy of USTA Texas

AUSTIN, Texas ( October 11, 2012) – USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, announced that Guillermo “Memo” Trevino of Laredo, Texas will represent the foundation by participating in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, helping to raise funds for the programs it supports. USTA Serves is dedicated to supporting programs throughout the country that utilize the combination of tennis and education to make a difference in the lives of America’s youth.

 

USTA Serves is an official Community Charity Partner in this year’s 2012 ING New York City Marathon. The New York Road Runners Club set up the Charity Program as a means for runners to contribute to and raise awareness of approved charitable organizations in a meaningful way through the marathon.

 

Trevino is among the five runners to dedicate their marathon experience to support the mission of USTA Serves. Each runner has pledged to raise a minimum of $3,500 by seeking donors to support them in their 26.2 mile run on November 4, 2012

 

As a beverage distributor living in Laredo, he goes by the nickname of Memo and is married with four children. Trevino also said that it has been over 20 years since he officially ran his last marathon but he wanted to show his children that sports and exercise are a lifelong commitment that doesn’t end at some arbitrary point in life.

 

“It is a huge honor and privilege to be running for USTA Serves, as it also presents a great opportunity to tell the rest of the country a little bit about what a great place South Texas is to live, work, and play sports,” said Trevino. “Sports is a great leveler and a vehicle to build confidence and bring different people together. That is why programs like USTA Serves are so valuable.”

 

To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $15 million in grants and scholarships to people and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities. That total includes more than $11 million to fund 226 programs in 43 states, including $600,000 to adaptive tennis programs for people with special needs, and more than $4 million in college scholarships and player incentive awards to more than 770 middle school students and high school seniors.

 

For more information or to support Guillermo Trevino’s run for USTA Serves visit http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamUSTAServesNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/guillermotrevino

www.texas.usta.com

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USTA Serves Awards $400K in Grants to 44 Community Organizations

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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USTA Serves to Grant $410,000 in College Scholarships

USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it will grant 59 high school students a variety of college scholarships, totaling more than  $410,000.

 

An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.  Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

 

“It is with great pleasure that USTA Serves is awarding more than $410,000 in scholarships to assist such exemplary students as they prepare to embark on their college journey,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves.  “These young men and women have not only excelled on the tennis court, but have served as role models for others in their schools and communities.  It is our hope that as they enter the next chapter of their lives, that they continue to aspire to greatness for themselves and for the betterment of society.”

 

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors:

 

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award (Student receives $15,000 award)

Awarded to one high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership, and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program, the Marian Wood Baird Scholarship was created by the Baird family and named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for over 40 years of volunteer service.  The 2012 recipient is Alton High School senior Kaitlyn Devine of Bethalto, Ill.

 

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship (Students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is granted to two high school seniors who have performed with distinction, and actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service, and an organized tennis program.  The award is named for Dwight Filley Davis, who began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894.  In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a 217-troy ounce silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition, marking the birth of the Davis Cup.  Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923.  His grandson, Dwight F. Davis, III, created the scholarship to honor his grandfather’s achievements and contributions to tennis.  The 2012 recipients are International School senior Han-Chi Fung of Bellevue, Wash., and Del Norte High School senior Yolanda Pham of San Diego, Calif.

 

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (Students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is presented to two USTA-ranked high school seniors of ethnically-diverse heritages who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program.  This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African-American elected to the USTA Board of Directors.  It was created with input from the USTA Multicultural Participation Committee and supports the Level One Priority of Diversity within the USTA.  The 2012 recipients are Ballard High School senior Christine Crawford of Louisville, Ky., and Horizon High School senior Nicolas Montoya of Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award (Students each receive $10,000 award)

The Rosalind Walter Scholarship is presented to two high school seniors who are academically-achieving students of good character and who share Walter’s belief in always putting forth one’s best effort and in giving back to one’s community to make it a better place. The scholarship is named in honor of Rosalind Palmer Walter, an active member of the USTA Serves Board since its inception. Walter was responsible for funding the first USTA Serves scholarship in 1994. The 2012 recipients are Mirabeau B. Lamar High School senior Brette Machiorlette of Houston, Tex., and Hutchinson High School senior Robert Rasmussen of Hutchinson, Minn.

 

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship (Students receive $2,500 award)

The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community.  This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.  The 2012 recipients are Punahou School senior Shelby Baron of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Odyssey Charter School senior Tanner Berkabile of Las Vegas, Nev.

 

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship (Students each receive $8,000 award)

USTA Serves awards college scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program. This year’s recipients include:

  • Alex Anderson, Aitkin, Minn. – Aitkin High School
  • Alexandra Gruendl, Williamsburg, Va. – Warhill High School
  • Alondra Rivera, Fontana, Calif. – Henry J. Kaiser High School
  • Arielle Griffin, Jamaica, N.Y. – Benjamin N. Cardozo High School
  • Arielle Williams, Southfield, Mich. – Seaholm High School
  • Breanna Honer, Shawnee, Kans. – St. James Academy
  • Bryan Mehall, Snowmass Village, Colo. – Aspen High School
  • Camille Graves, Lakeland, Fla. – Summerlin Military Academy
  • Cassidy White, Leitchfield, Ky. – Grayson County High School
  • Clark Ruiz, Glen Head, N.Y. – North Shore High School
  • Darin Poei, Kaneohe, Hawaii – Iolani High School
  • David Bergstrom, Grand Marais, Minn. – Cook County High School
  • Emily Hansen, Oak Creek, Wis. – Oak Creek High School
  • Felicia Nguyen, Happy Valley, Ore. – Clackamas High School
  • Felicia Sciortino, Auburn, N.Y. – Union Springs Middle/High School
  • Jason Dale, Chester Springs, Penn. – Downingtown High School West
  • John Villari, Cherry Hill, N.J. – Paul VI High School
  • Jonathan Park, Victorville, Calif. – Silverado High School
  • Jonathan Theismann, Jamestown, N.Y. – Jamestown High School
  • Josephine Tueller, Laie, Hawaii – Kahuku High and Intermediate School
  • Kevin Phuong, Clackamas, Ore. – Clackamas High School
  • Lacy Blake, Argyle, Texas – Argyle High School
  • Lauren Sledd, Roanoke, Va. – Cave Spring High School
  • Lucinda Dass, Mount Vernon, N.Y. – Mount Vernon High School
  • Luis Montes Rivera, Guaynabo, P.R. – Colegio Marista
  • Madeleine Glenski, St. Joseph, Mo. – Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School
  • Michael Edwards, Jonesboro, Ga. – Mundy’s Mill High School
  • Moses Kuzu, Kelseyville, Calif. – Kelseyville High School
  • Nicholas Wiand, Elwood, Ind. – Elwood Community High School
  • Olivia Moore, Lake Oswego, Ore. – Lakeridge High School
  • Rebekah Lam, Palm Coast, Fla. – Matanzas High School
  • Ryann Jung, Visalia, Calif. – El Diamante High School
  • Sadie Campanella, Chepachet, R.I. – Ponaganset High School
  • Samantha Martinez, Houston, Texas – Michael E. DeBakey High School
  • Shelby Greene, El Paso, Texas – Eastwood High School
  • Tatum Frampton, American Folk, Utah – American Folk High School
  • Taylor Curley, Phoenix, Ariz. – Sunnyslope High School
  • Teal Howard, Hamden, Conn. – Hamden High School
  • Tiffany Meyers, Canton, Ga. – Woodstock High School
  • Trent Meinke, Sioux Falls, S.D. – Roosevelt High School

 

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship (Students each receive $1,000) 

USTA Serves has established a college textbook scholarship which provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies. This year’s recipients include:

  • Andres Tajonar, Mission, Tex. – Sharyland High School
  • Andrew Lee, Mukilteo, Wash. – Kamiak High School
  • Brenden Jackson, Newark, N.J. – Technology High School
  • Cameron Roberts, Anadarko, Okla. – Anadarko High School
  • Kimmy Mrozek, Swanville, Minn. – Upsala Area Schools
  • Linzi Arndt, Spring Hill, Fla. – Land O’Lakes high School
  • Mariana Contreras, West Sacramento, Calif. – River City High School
  • Mary-Catherine Stockman, Ashaway, R.I. – The Prout School
  • Savanna Baxter, Mooresville, N.C. – South Iredell High School
  • William Schultz, Waukesha, Ill. – Waukesha West High School
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Evert, Graf, Navratilova and Late Wheelchair Star Randy Snow to be Part of Charitable Initiative “Avenue of Aces” at US Open

 

USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced on Tuesday that it will complement its donor-supported Avenue of Aces by adding new “neighborhoods” honoring US Open singles champions Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Stefanie Graf, and the late wheelchair tennis pioneer Randy Snow. They join tennis legends Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Billie Jean King in lending their names to the Avenue of Aces charitable initiative, which allows the public to order their own personalized pavers.

 

The Avenue of Aces provides an opportunity for supporters of USTA Serves to create a lasting legacy by ordering personalized pavers on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center—the home of the US Open. Since its inception in 2005, the Avenue of Aces initiative has raised more than $1.5 million to support programs that benefit people with disabilities and children in underserved communities with opportunities to play tennis, fight obesity, improve academics, and apply for college scholarships.

 

“USTA Serves is honored to have the support of these great champions to help make a difference in the lives of America’s youth,” said Mary Carillo, President, USTA Serves. “Through the Avenue of Aces Neighborhood initiative, USTA Serves will be able to expand tennis and educational opportunities in underserved communities across the nation.”

 

USTA Serves has granted more than $10 million to fund 226 programs in 43 states, including $600,000 to adaptive tennis programs for people with special needs. In addition, USTA Serves has awarded more than $4 million in college scholarships and player incentive awards to more than 770 middle school students and high school seniors. To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $14 million in grants and scholarships to people and programs throughout the country in order to provide the underserved youth with greater opportunities to realize success.

 

“I’m honored to have a neighborhood on the Avenue of Aces, to be a part of US Open history and to be moving in with other champions,” said Navratilova. “I support USTA Serves’ efforts to use the powerful combination of tennis and education to make our youth healthy, fit and academically strong.”

 

Those wishing to order a paver in the neighborhood of their favorite champion may do so by visiting www.ustaserves.com/paver or by calling (914) 696-7223.

 

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USTA Serves Hands Out Over $400,000 in Grants

USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA),  announced it has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 39 community tennis organizations and other foundations during  its 2011 spring funding cycle.

 

The bi-annual granting process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to 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. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $10 million to a variety of programs that work to support those aims.

 

At funded program sites, children between the ages of 5-18 learn about healthy nutrition and lifestyles, responsible citizenship, study skills, and computer literacy. The grants, chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of Foundation board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections, 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 is proud to continue to support organizations that believe in the powerful combination of tennis and education to help make a difference in the lives of kids,” says Mary Carillo, President, USTA Serves. “We’ve seen, time and again, that when you give young people a chance to succeed, they grab the opportunity and make the most of it. That’s why we support and commend these organizations that provide kids with that chance, and we look forward to supporting even more programs in the next grant cycle.”

 

The following programs were awarded 2011 grants by USTA Serves:

 

  1. Apple Ridge Farm, Roanoke, Va..
  2. Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation, Atlanta. Ga..
  3. Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
  4. Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation (15-LOVE), Albany, N.Y.
  5. CHAMPS Afterschool Program, Erie, P.A.
  6. DhhEAF (Deaf and hard of hearing Educational Athletic Foundation), Los Angeles, Calif.
  7. Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation, White Plains, N.Y.
  8. First Serve New Mexico, Santa Fe, N.M.
  9. Fort Collins Tennis Association – First Serve Fort Collins, Fort Collins, Colo.
  10. Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center, St. Paul, Minn.
  11. Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  12. Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association, Baltimore, Md.
  13. Jewish Council for Youth Services, Chicago
  14. Katie At The Bat, Narberth, Pa.
  15. King Street Center, Burlington, Vt.
  16. MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Jacksonville, Fla..
  17. Mardy Fish Foundation, Vero Beach, Fla..
  18. Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation, Milwaukee, Wis.
  19. Morongo Basin Tennis Association, Yucca Valley, Calif.
  20. National Dental Association, Washington, D.C.
  21. Net Results Junior Tennis, Denver, Colo..
  22. NJTL of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
  23. NJTL of Trenton, Trenton, N.J.
  24. Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, Norwalk, Ct.
  25. Ossining Community Tennis Association, Ossining, N.Y.
  26. Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
  27. Prince Georges Tennis & Education Foundation, Upper Marlboro, Md.
  28. Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  29. Recreation Wish List Committee, Washington, D.C.
  30. Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, Westminster, Colo.
  31. RTK Community Learning & Technology Center, Kellyton, Ala..
  32. Tenacity, Boston.
  33. Tennis Allstars, Akron, Ohio.
  34. Tennis Success, Corpus Christi, Tex..
  35. University of Akron Foundation, Akron, Ohio.
  36. Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation – Mary and Frances Youth Center, Richmond, Va..
  37. Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  38. White Plains BID, White Plains, N.Y.
  39. Youth at Heart, Inc., Tulsa, Ok..
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USTA Serves to Grant Scholarships

USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, today announced that it will grant 78 high school students a variety of college scholarships totaling over $400,000.

 

One objective of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.  Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

 

“USTA Serves is proud to help these deserving students across the country begin their college careers,” said Mary Carillo, President, USTA Serves.  “Each year we are inspired by the students’ ability to balance outstanding academic achievements with community service and an involvement in tennis. It is our hope and firm belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact the sport of tennis and the world at large throughout their lives.”

 

The following scholarships will be granted to high school seniors:

 

Marian Wood Baird Scholarship Award (one $15,000 award)

Awarded to one high school senior who has excelled academically, demonstrated achievements in leadership, and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program, the Marian Wood Baird Scholarship was created by the Baird family and named in honor of the late Marian Wood Baird, who had been recognized by the USTA for over 40 years of volunteer service.  The 2011 recipient is St. Charles East High School senior Claire Hafner of St. Charles, IL.

 

Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award (two students each receive $10,000 award)

The Dwight Mosley Scholarship is presented to two USTA ranked high school seniors of ethnically-diverse heritages who have excelled academically and participated extensively in an organized community tennis program.  This scholarship was named in memory of Dwight A. Mosley, the first African-American elected to the USTA Board of Directors.  It was created with input from the USTA Multicultural Participation Committee and supports the Level One Priority of Diversity within the USTA.  The 2011 recipients are home-schooled senior Tyler McGinnis of Washington, D.C. and Half Hollow Hills High School senior Christopher Hunter of Melville, NY.

 

Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship (two students each receive $7,500 award)

The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship is granted to two high school seniors who have performed with distinction, and actively participated in extracurricular activities, community service, and an organized tennis program.  The award is named for Dwight Filley Davis, who began playing tennis at the age of 15 in 1894.  In 1900, the year he graduated from college, Davis purchased a 217-troy ounce silver bowl as a prize for an international lawn tennis competition, marking the birth of the Davis Cup.  Davis became president of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association in 1923.  His grandson, Dwight F. Davis, III, created the scholarship to honor his grandfather’s achievements and contributions to tennis.  The 2011 recipients are home-schooled senior Grace Trimble of Winchester, KY and University of Detroit Jesuit High School senior Christopher Barnes of Royal Oak, MI.

 

Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship (two students receive $2,500 award)

The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community.  This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, N.J., a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.  The 2011 recipients are Fife High School senior Rachel Knight of Puyallup, WA, and Los Alamitos senior Brandon Schlack of Long Beach, CA.

 

USTA Serves College Education Scholarship (55 students each receive $6,000 award)

USTA Serves awards college education scholarships annually to high school seniors who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service and participated in an organized tennis program.

First Name Last Name City State High School Name
Juan Gonzalez San Juan PR Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
Maria Leal Guaynabo PR American Military Academy
Rasheeq Haq Sunnyside NY Stuyvesant High School
Sasha Keizs Spring Valley NY Spring Valley High School
Kiara Ochoa Newark NJ East Side High School
Victoria Zlotnikova Greenfield Park NY Ellenville High School
Colin Edwards Valrico FL Newsome High School
Lauryn Fabrizio Palm Coast FL St. Joseph Academy
Nicole Mera Tampa FL Chamberlain High School
Camila Restrepo Ocala FL West Port High School
Joshua Christensen Laie HI Kahuku High School
Kealii Nishimura Honolulu HI Mid-Pacific Institute
Jayson Mok Boise ID Boise Senior High School
Ryan Winter Highlands Ranch CO Mountain Vista High School
Mahlet Meshesha Washington DC St. John’s College High School
Amber Peters Lanham MD St. Vinvent Pallotti High School
Sharmane Tonkins Newport News VA Achievable Dream Middle/High School
Alexzander Williams Newport News VA Achievable Dream Middle/High School
Hunter Cole Meshoppen PA Elk Lake High School
Aurora Davis Stroudsburg PA Stroudsburg High School
Alexis Puhl Philadelphia PA Philadelphia High School for Girls
Sean Rojo Audubon PA William Penn Charter School
Arjun Biddanda Grand Haven MI Grand Haven High School
Michelle Croak Milwaukee WI Whitefish Bay High School
Sara Kline Mogadore OH Field High School
Aaron Wall Effingham IL Saint Anthony High School
Sarah Fielding Cleveland OK Cleveland High School
James Hunter Columbia MO Rock Bridge High School
Elisha Swank Olathe KS Marantha Academy
Catherine Clark Colchester CT Bacon Academy Colchester High School
Alexander Horn Middletown CT Middletown High School
Tyler Kugler Brewster MA Cape Cod Academy
Zachary McMahon Redding CA Enterprise High School
Samantha Schauer San Anselmo CA Sir Francis Drake High School
Hien Michelle Truong W. Sacramento CA River City High School
Ryan Shogren Sioux Falls SD Roosevelt High School
Michelle Roiger Springfield MN Springfield Public High School
Bailu Huang Eden Prairie MN Eden Prairie High School
Julie Christen Vancouver WA Mountain View High School
Larry Chiem Portland OR David Douglas High School
Sherry Liao Portland OR Benson Polytechnic High School
Jennifer Wong Seattle WA Franklin High School
Priscilla Rodriguez Adelanto CA Silverado High School
Anna Tatsuno Rancho Palos Verdes CA Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Shuhei Shibahara Rancho Palos Verdes CA Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Jasper Henderson Atlanta GA Carver School of the Arts
Jack Jin Cary NC Green Hope High School
Andrea Linhart Signal Mountain TN Signal Mountain Middle/High School
Ekaterina Medynskaya Raleigh NC Leesville Road High School
Jacey Kidd Lovington NM Lovington High School
Ynez Sanchez El Paso TX Montwood High School
Jenna Abante Beaumont TX West Brook Senior High School
Shane Kyral Harlingen TX Harlingen High School South
Brittany Stevens Kaufman TX Kaufman High School
Garrett Thompson College Station TX A & M Consolidated High School

 

USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship (16 Students each receive $1,000) 

USTA Serves has established a college textbook scholarship which provides a one-time award to assist students in purchasing textbooks or supplies.

First Name Last Name City State High School Name
David Arroyave Floral Park NY St. Francis Prep
J. Christopher Carlson Jamestown NY Jamestown High  School
Zachary McCourt Sunrise FL The Sagemont School
Garrett Patton Boise ID Boise High School
Christopher Ford Williamsburg VA Lafayette High School
Erin Anderson Richmond VA Collegiate School
Jody Sambrick Lancaster PA Lampeter-Strasburg High School
Michael Maas Grosse Point Woods MI Grosse Pointe North High School
Jacob Weber Audubon IA Audubon High School
Lauren Taylor Framingham MA Framingham High School
Jennifer Hartjes Woodbury MN Cretin-Derham Hall High School
Mitchell Brown Bremerton WA Olympic High School
Lauren Salberg Longview WA Mark Morris High School
Ahdiv Nathan Rancho Santa Margarita CA Tesoro High School
Eugene Oh Alpharetta GA The Westminster Schools
Lynsey Maciolek San Antonio TX Ronald Reagan High School

 

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