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Florida Youth Earns National USTA Scholarship

July 18, 2005 11:05 AM
USA Tennis Florida is proud to announce that a Florida resident received a national college educational scholarship from the United States Tennis Association.  The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA, awarded these scholarships to high school seniors who have excelled both academically and in the sport of tennis.  The 2005 USTA Tennis & Education Foundation scholarship awards total more than $366,000!

Alicia Saunders of Palm Bay, Melbourne High School, is a recipient of the 2005 Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, named after the founder of the Davis Cup and the former President of the USTA (1923).

“We have the responsibility and opportunity to deliver, within the context of tennis and education, positive messages to kids – about healthy choices and activities,” said Karen Martin-Eliezer, Executive Director, USTA Tennis & Education Foundation.  “Using tennis and education to connect with young people through our scholarship program is one of many ways we try to help kids succeed in life on and off the court.”

Established in 1994, the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation promotes – through tennis – educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement to at-risk and other special needs youth.  The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth.  It also supports community tennis programs that link tennis with education to provide positive role models, academic assistance, and life skills for the prevention of substance abuse, violence and school-dropouts.





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