The USTA announced that it is awarding more than $150,000 in USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants to deserving wheelchair tennis programs nationwide. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. The first USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants were awarded in 2008 and since that time, the USTA has given more than $600,000 to wheelchair tennis programs across the country.
Fifty thousand dollars in grants are a result of the USTA Wheelchair Grassroots Grants which are utilized to enhance and improve each organizations offerings in a variety of areas, including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events. The remaining $100,000 in grants come from the Wheelchair Tennis Pathway Grant which was funded by the USTA Foundation. The funds were made possible through monies provided by the Neilsen Foundation. Each selected organization will receive $5,000 along with a new wheelchair for their programming. Part of this grant also goes to funding the USTA All Comers Camps.
These annual camps, hosted in Salt Lake City, Indianapolis and Lakeland, Florida, take place three times a year and are designed for skill levels from beginners, intermediate to advanced.
“Wheelchair tennis continues to grow in stature and popularity in the United States and the USTA is proud to award these grants to deserving wheelchair tennis organizations for their commitment in promoting and growing the sport,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus. “These organizations positively impact wheelchair tennis and we know that these grants will be a part of a continued effort in expanding programs that support the wheelchair community through tennis and foster growth and success in players.”
The grants are being awarded to the following organizations:
· 2 Bounce Tennis, La Quinta, Calif.*
· Adaptive Athletics at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas**
· Asociación de tenis de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR*
· Brandt Sports Management, Orlando, Fla.
· CHI Health, Omaha, Neb.
· Columbus Corporation, Oklahoma City, Okla.
· Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham, Ala.
· Lee County Community Tennis Association, Fort Myers, Fla.*
· Michigan State University Adaptive Sports, East Lansing, Mich.
· Mid Carolina Tennis Association, Rock Hill, S.C.
· Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Charlotte, N.C.*
· Paula G Manship YMCA, Baton Rouge, La.
· Plantation Community Tennis, Plantation, Fla.
· Ray and Joan Kroc Center, Greenville, S.C.
· Richmond Tennis Association, Richmond, Va.
· South Coast Wheelchair, Attleboro, Mass.*
· University of Alabama Adaptive Athletics, Tuscaloosa, Ala.**
· USTA Montana, Missoula, Mont.
· Utah Tennis Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah**
· Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Ga.
· West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, North Hollywood, Calif.*
· Wheel it Forward, Gladston, Mo.
· Wheelchair Sports Inc., Wichita, Kansas**
· Wheelchair Tennis San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
Key – (No stars – Grassroots Grant, * - Wheelchair Tennis Pathway Grant and ** - Both)
Organizations that are interested in starting a wheelchair tennis program or would like more information about wheelchair tennis can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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