U.S. Tennis Association Foundation
The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation awards grants to programs that support under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, and strive for academic excellence. Educational programs could include those that:
- Promote academic achievement through homework assistance, tutoring, reading clubs, and computer literacy
- Participate in peer and professional mentoring programs
- Offer learning and practice opportunities for healthy nutrition and physical fitness
- Improve life skills that focus on character and social development
- Offer college preparatory sessions
New this year is the Excellence Teams Program, which is designed to accelerate player development through competition as well as to support complementary youth development activities. These include academic achievement, parental involvement, community service, and leadership training. The program is based on the template developed in Las Vegas through the stewardship of Perry Rogers, Andre Agassi’s former agent and Tim Blenkiron, the founding tennis coach. The USTA Foundation is interested in adding three teams to the existing program, to bring the cohort to a total of twelve teams.
Amount: Not provided.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status that are USTA members. Priority is given to registered National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapters that offer formal educational curricula, improved tennis delivery, and implementation of USTA products such as the ACE Curriculum and Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.
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