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Community Tennis Grants Through USTA Florida 'Share the Love' Initiative in 2012

February 7, 2012 02:59 PM
 sharetheloveThe "love" for community tennis organizations in Florida is spilling over into 2012.
 
Due to the overwhelming success of the "Share the Love" community tennis grant initiative from the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section (USTA Florida), grant opportunities for community tennis organizations throughout Florida will remain open for application through 2012. 
 
Over the last two years the USTA Florida Section has distributed 252 grants totaling $542,501.87. The grants have touched virtually every tennis community from Tallahassee to the Florida Keys, including programs and projects such as tennis for deaf and blind children, 10 and Under Tennis programs and blended lines, court construction, renovation and repair, child foster care programs, after-school programs, junior programs and tennis camps, Jr. Team Tennis, wheelchair tennis and senior tennis. Organizations granted include YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, college club tennis programs, K-12 school districts, individual school Kids Tennis Clubs, and home-school programs just to name a few.
 
"The forward-thinking decision by the USTA Florida Board of Directors to use some of our financial reserves to assist programs and communities in need has been so well received," says USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "These grants are making real differences in communities to start new programs or support existing programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities."
 
In 2010 USTA Florida launched the $500,000 Share the Love grant initiative to help fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Share the Love is an outreach initiative to help ensure current and future generations will play the lifetime sport of tennis. Grant awards typically range from $500 to $5,000, however all grant requests are considered via an online application and review process.
 
USTA Florida is a not-for-profit tennis association that utilizes 90 percent of its annual budget to directly support tennis programs in communities throughout Florida.
 
"We are committed to growth toward the promotion and development of tennis as an enjoyable sport that contributes to good health, character, and responsible citizenship," Curtis says. "This is also part of the USTA's goal to support First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' campaign to encourage children in the community and schools to get active and lead healthy lifestyles through tennis."
 
To be eligible for a USTA Florida Share the Love program grant in 2012, organizations must: be a current USTA member in good standing; meet a compelling need in the community; in the instance of 10 and Under Tennis grants, verify that 10 and Under Tennis (TAUT) staff are TAUT trained before receiving granted equipment; and practice and provide services without discrimination as protected by law.
 
Grant application assistance is available. For full eligibility guidelines, a list of all 2010-2011 Share the Love grant recipients in Florida, and the Share the Love grant application link, go to:
 
 

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