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$250,000 to Mal Washington Kids Foundation

March 24, 2006 02:42 PM

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As part of their Public Facility Funding Grant Program, The United States Tennis Association and USTA Florida donated $250,000 to the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation’s (MWKF) Capital Campaign during a press conference at Emmett Reed Community Center in Jacksonville on March 22.

The USTA grant program is designed to support local park and recreation agencies and improve the quality of community tennis programs.

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"On behalf of USTA Florida and as a Jacksonville resident, I offer our congratulations to the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation for the outstanding work it has done for the youth in our community,” said USTA Florida President-elect Celia Rehm.  “USTA Florida is proud and honored to be able to contribute in some way to this tennis and education facility in support of their excellent programs."

“The USTA recognizes the importance of quality public tennis facilities for the growth and success of our sport,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.  “The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is helping to ensure that great tennis facilities and programs are available in Jacksonville.”

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“We are extremely excited and thankful to receive this donation from the USTA,” said MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Founder and President MaliVai Washington. “As we move forward with the beginning stages of building our new Youth Tennis and Education Complex, I am thrilled that our efforts to serve Jacksonville’s youth are being recognized by the national tennis community.”

In 2005, USTA Florida Board of Directors approved spending $350,000 to help build and improve public tennis facilities throughout Florida.

To help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects the USTA allocated more than $2.5 million through the Public Facility Funding Grant in 2005.  The USTA and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has also developed the Tennis in the Parks Community Initiative to support local park and recreation agencies eager to increase tennis participation by improving the quality of their community tennis programs. MWKF received $200,000 from the USTA and a 25% matching grant of $50,000 from USTA Florida.

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In Attendance:  Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA; John Korff, Director at Large, Board of Directors, USTA; Virgil Christian, Director, Community Tennis Development, USTA; Celia Rehm, President-Elect, USTA Florida; Doug Booth, Executive Director, USTA Florida; Andy McFarland, Associate Executive Director, Community Tennis, USTA Florida; MaliVai Washington, MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Founder and President; John Peyton, Mayor, Jacksonville, Fla.; John Rutherford, Sheriff, Jacksonville, Fla.

 

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