The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation was announced as one of 17 organizations receiving USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants from the United States Tennis Association totaling $50,000 in January.
Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to help build stronger, healthier communities. The first USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants were awarded in 2008, and since then the USTA has given more than $500,000 to wheelchair tennis programs across the country.
Grant amounts were based on each program’s existing budget, as well as the future programming needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
“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 in recognition of their commitment in promoting and growing the sport,” said USTA Director of Adult Individual Play & Wheelchair Tennis Joanne Wallen. “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.”
A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, the USTA invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.
For more information about the USTA, go to www.usta.com.