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First Serve/Palm Beaches Receives $20K USTA Florida Youth Tennis Grant

January 6, 2010 06:00 PM
 

Left to right: Paul Van der Grift, president of First Serve of the
Palm Beaches; Dan Casey, USTA Florida president-elect; Linda
Curtis, USTA Florida director of community tennis; Henry
Guignet, executive director of First Serve of the Palm Beaches

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jan. 7, 2010 --
USTA Florida, through its Community Tennis Council, is pleased to announce a $20,000 youth tennis grant to First Serve of the Palm Beaches, presented to Executive Director Henry Guignet and Board Chair Paul Van der Grift.

An equipment grant comprises $1,500 of the total, while the remaining $18,500 is for the expansion of the youth tennis program in the Delray Beach area.

"The Community Tennis grant of $20,000 is a fantastic boost to our program at the Delray Beach Tennis Center," Guignet said. "It will allow us to offer tennis and life skills programming to several hundred under-served children. Additionally we will expand our QuickStart Tennis and USTA Jr. Team Tennis offerings and be able to purchase much-needed equipment for the program."

First Serve of the Palm Beaches students come from a range of ethnic, cultural and socio-economic situations, emerging each day into energetic, well-planned programs and activities that seek to develop internal assets such as self-esteem, character, honesty, responsibility, and a sense of purpose.

"We strongly believe that the funds invested by USTA Florida section will result in additional local funding once local funders see the new programs in action," Van der Grift said. "We thank the USTA Florida Section for supporting  our vision and partnering with First Serve of the Palm Beaches to grow the great game of tennis."

Students served by First Serve of the Palm Beaches are generally new to tennis and unable to participate in commercial offerings at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. In partnering with the Delray Beach Tennis Center, First Serve seeks to promote the sport and provide access to a new demographic of players.

"This is a great partnership between USTA Florida and First Serve of the Palm Beaches," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Janet Sprague. "It will benefit many junior players in the Palm Beach area and I look forward to the many successes to come with building this program in partnership with Henry Guignet leading the way."

To learn more about First Serve of the Palm Beaches go to http://www.firstserve.org/palmbeach.html.

To learn more about USTA Florida grant opportunities click here.
 
 

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