June 17th, 2016
5 Community Tennis Orgs. Receive $6K in May Grants from USTA Florida Foundation
Five community tennis organizations received community tennis grants totaling approximately $6,000 in the month of May from the USTA Florida Foundation, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida).
Recipients of grants were organizations in Boynton Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Walton Beach, Tallahassee and Wabasso.
“The tennis courts at Derbyshire Park have been renovated to included blended lines and the addition of permanent 36-foot courts, and community volunteers put in many hours to make it happen,” said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Molly Zimmer of the Daytona Beach grant. “The courts were celebrated with a grand re-opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony and community tennis event, and the kick-off of an in-house summer Junior Team Tennis league.”
USTA Florida Foundation grants offer funding for youth tennis programs, adaptive tennis programs for those with special needs, community tennis programs in economically challenged areas, along with facility assistance in the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities.
Since 2010, USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Foundation have awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants for tennis programs serving people of all ages and abilities throughout Florida.
USTA Florida Foundation grants in May:
Boynton Beach — Banyan Springs
Grant: Equipment start-up grant to be used for tennis equipment for the Masters Tennis short-court program at Banyan Springs.
Daytona Beach — Derbyshire Community Tennis, Inc.
Grant: Equipment grant for tennis balls and equipment for summer camp and a new Junior Team Tennis league.
Ft. Walton Beach — Emerald Coast Junior Team Tennis
Grant: For tennis balls and mini-nets for the Junior Team tennis program, partnering with three local facilities.
Tallahassee — Holy Comforter Episcopal School
Grant: Equipment grant to be used for tennis equipment for the PE tennis curriculum, both in-school and after-school.
Wabasso — Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center
Grant: Program support grant for the Swing4Success after-school program for at-risk youth, for modified tennis equipment and tennis professionals fees.
The USTA Florida Foundation’s mission is “Changing Lives Through Tennis,” providing financial support through organizational grants that help Floridians of all ages and abilities improve their health and quality of life through the game of tennis. It is the USTA Florida Foundation’s belief that tennis provides opportunities for healthy social, emotional, physical and educational development, and encourages peer and family participation.
For more information on individual grants or for more information on the USTA Florida Foundation go to www.ustafloridafoundation.com.