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USTA Florida Section Foundation commits $50,000

October 12, 2006 01:34 PM

USTA Florida Section Foundation's board of directors is pleased to announce its $50,000 commitment to build two multi-purpose tennis courts at the Real Life Children's Ranch in Okeechobee, a residential group home caring for boys and girls (ages 6-18) who are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused; homeless, neglected or mildly disturbed.

Foundation president Jean Mills is excited and very proud of the board's declaration.

"The future of our country and the future of tennis rests in the hands of children," she said.  "This will not only introduce tennis to the children, but hopefully teach them life lessons."

USTA Florida president and Foundation treasurer Don Cleveland visited the ranch and was overwhelmed at the amount of commitment shown by the Children's Ranch executive director Scott Fraser and other staff members at the facility.

"I know what tennis has done for my family," he said.  "I honestly feel that we can give these children the same opportunity to participate in our great sport by building these courts for their enjoyment."

Scott Fraser agrees.

"We feel honored and privileged to be chosen by the USTA Florida Section Foundation for this spectacular project," he said.  "We are getting more and more excited as we prepare the facility and lay out the area for the new courts.

"The tennis courts will provide an opportunity for the kids to gain positive competition skills they can use for the rest of their lives.  We are really looking forward to it. "

Over the next few months, the foundation plans to raise money for the project using several fund-raising events.  Kicking off these efforts is the USTA Florida 57th Annual Meeting, where several fund-raising activities will be featured.

Real Life Children's Ranch (RLCR) is committed to providing long-term residential care and treatment to the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of South Florida without regard to race, creed or religion.  They endeavor to work with the entire family unit whenever possible as they believe that the family is the heart of society.  Real Life Children's Ranch provides children with a complete functional family environment.

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The USTA Florida Section Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA Florida, was created by the USTA Florida Section, Inc., board of directors in 2004.  Its mission "To Improve the Health and Quality of Life of Floridians through Tennis” is achieved by providing grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations dedicated to bringing tennis into peoples' lives.

 

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