The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation in Jacksonville, Fla., was the recipient of a $15,000 grant from Chase and the USTA Foundation to support its after-school education and tennis programming.
The USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), for the fifth consecutive year has partnered with longtime US Open sponsor Chase to award 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters with a grant. Funding supports year-round tennis and education programming through the A.C.E. curriculum (Academic Creative Engagement), the USTA Foundation’s signature academic initiative. In total, Chase has awarded more than $550,000 to select NJTL chapters within the five-year partnership.
On July 13, Chase will help each NJTL grant recipient host a “Return the Serve Fun Day” to celebrate each chapter’s programming and its impact on youth. Thousands of students in the selected cities will take part in this nation-wide celebration.
Each of the 10 local events will feature high-energy and fun tennis activities, off-court educational opportunities, and a healthy lunch for the youth participants of the NJTL programs, along with their families. In addition, the events will include a check presentation to the NJTL chapter leaders by a local Chase representative.
Other recipients were the A’s & Aces program in New Orleans; Dallas Tennis Association in Addison, Texas; First Break Academy in Los Angeles; Metropolitan Tennis and Education Group in Upper Marlboro, Md.; Houston Tennis Association in Texas; New York Junior Tennis & Learning in Woodside, N.Y.; Portland Tennis & Education in Portland, Ore.; San Francisco Recreation & Parks in California; and The ACE Project in Riverdale, Ill.
“Chase continues to serve as an outstanding supporter of our charitable mission,” said Dan Faber, executive director, USTA Foundation. “The increase in grant funding speaks volumes about Chase’s commitment to the communities we serve. This incredible five-year partnership has truly enhanced our ability to help under-resourced youth with impactful tennis and education programs.”
For more info on the USTA NJTL network go to www.ustafoundation.com/njtl.