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USTA Awards Multicultural Grants to Programs and Players





Over 100 Students Awarded the Multicultural Individual Player Grants

Totaling More Than $90,000


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 03, 2014 – The USTA today announced that it has awarded $150,000 in Multicultural Excellence Program and Individual Player Grants, including $60,000 in Multicultural Excellence Program Grants to eight organizations across the country. These organizations each will receive a $7,500 grant toward their competitive junior development programs which train those young players who are aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. In addition, the Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training also was awarded to more than 100 student athletes from throughout the country. Those grants totaled more than $90,000.

Program grant 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.

“Each year the USTA is proud to award and highlight the deserving recipients of the Multicultural Program Grants,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. ”For so long, these organizations have contributed to the success of many student athletes around the country through their phenomenal work. We’re glad to award them these grants as they continue to build and develop future champions and notable contributors to the sport of tennis.”

2014 Multicultural Excellence Program Grants Recipients:

Dallas Tennis Association - Addison, Tex.

Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis - Las Vegas, NV

Northwest High Performance Tennis - Seattle, WA

Peterson School of Tennis - College Park, GA

Ramp Tennis - Carson, Calif.

South Atlanta Community Tennis Association, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center - Dorchester, MA

T Bar M Tennis Academy - Dallas, Tex.

The Multicultural Individual Player Grant provides 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 who trains and competes in tournaments year-round, and has a history of strong national tournament results. 

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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 750,000 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 or sheppard@usta.com 





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