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Two Atlanta organizations receive USTA Multicultural Excellence Grants

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Two deserving Atlanta organizations in the Peterson School of Tennis and the South Atlanta Community Tennis Association (SACTA) have been awarded $7500 grants from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to help develop young tennis players.

These are USTA Multicultural Excellence Program Grants and the funding will be specifically used for competitive junior development programs and training young players to achieve national and/or international rankings.

“The Peterson School of Tennis and the South Atlanta Community Tennis Association are truly deserving of this year’s Multicultural Excellence Program Grants,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. “We are glad to have programs like these that not only stay mission-focused on developing talented players, but also play a major role in positively impacting their surrounding communities. With tennis at the helm, they are certain to remain thriving with successful impacts and outcomes.”

Located in College Park, the Peterson School has a great reputation as has an outstanding and successful community outreach program. For 30 years, the team at the Peterson School has provided tennis instruction through after-school and weekend programs and summer camps.

Led by noted coach Sam Kennedy, SACTA strives to provide affordable, community-based recreational activities for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Atlanta’s diverse urban environment. It is run out of the newly renovated South Fulton Tennis Center.

In total, there were eight recipients of the 2014 Multicultural Excellence Program Grant.

Per the USTA, other recipients include: Marty Hennessy Junior Tennis Foundation, Las Vegas; Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, Dorchester, MA), T Bar M Tennis Academy (Dallas), Dallas Tennis Association (Dallas), RAMP Tennis Academy (Los Angeles), Northwest High Performance Tennis (Kirkland, WA).