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USTA awards grants to three Atlanta-area community tennis organizations

Tennis is a sport for a lifetime
Tennis is a sport for a lifetimePhoto by Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Earlier this week, USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the U.S. Tennis Association, USTA, announced it has awarded grants totaling $32,000 to three Atlanta area community tennis programs.

The Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA of Buckhead, a branch of the Southern Young Men’s Christian Association Of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc., of Atlanta, was awarded $5,000.

Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead is a cause-driven organization that promotes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Carl E. Sanders YMCA’s belief is that a strong community can only be achieved when the community invests in kids, health and neighbors. The USTA Serves grant funds will allow the YMCA to continue to expand the tennis component of its after-school enrichment program. This is the third USTA Serves grant awarded to the Carl E. Sanders YMCA, totaling $20,000.

Fayetteville’s Southern Children’s Network, Inc. received $10,000 from USTA Serves.

The mission of the Southern Children’s Network (SCN) is to assist students with their educational needs and to provide them with an outlet to discover, to explore and to express their different learning styles through creative and project-based activities. The USTA Serves grant will help the program increase its Imaginarium Learning Center Tennis and Fitness Program by adding tennis instructors, increasing hours for academic instructor and enabling additional enrollment. This is the third USTA Serves grant awarded to SCN, totaling $40,000.

Finally, USTA Serves awarded Special Populations Tennis Program Inc. of Roswell, Ga. a $17,000 grant.

Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc., is an organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Programs are offered free of charge to all skill levels, including those who have never played, and feature year-round tennis instruction, league play and tournament competition. The USTA Serves grant will be used to expand the program by opening new training sites in previously underserved areas of Metropolitan Atlanta and to produce a series of "how to" video modules to facilitate use of the program model in other USTA sections. This is the first USTA Serves grant awarded to the Special Populations Tennis Program.

USTA Serves ended its 2013 grant funding cycle by providing $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that offer tennis and education to underserved children and people with disabilities.

“USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country’s most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court.”

The biannual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education for underserved youth as well as people with disabilities to gain an opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to standout players and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and under-served youth with greater opportunities to achieve success.

If you think your Metro-Atlanta community tennis association could benefit from a USTA Serves grant, click here to get more information.