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USTA Florida Awards Public Facility Funding Grants

June 27, 2007 01:40 PM

USTA Florida has awarded three Public Facility Funding Grants totaling over $6,000 to support the renovation of tennis courts in Kissimmee, Clewiston and Miami.  The City of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department received $2,500 to renovate tennis courts at Oak Park Community Center; the Clewiston Community Tennis Association (CCTA) received $2,487 to improve tennis courts at Clewiston Tennis Park; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Inc. received a matching grant of $1,250 to restore tennis courts at Hank Kline.  These three Tennis in the Parks agencies continue to provide essential tennis opportunities for children and adults in their area.

With acquisition of the USTA Florida grant, the City of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department will have ten fully functioning tennis courts.  The grant money will allow them to resurface two unused tennis courts, remove tree roots from underground and place windscreens at the end of all ten tennis courts at the Oak Park Community Center.   The center is always buzzing with players because it currently has fifteen tennis programs operating at the facility, including First Swings, Teen Tennis, Ralleyball, USTA Jr. Team Tennis and Adult Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes.  The addition of two more functional courts will allow the city to increase league participation and add more tournaments to the calendar.  

The Clewiston Community Tennis Association will use its grant money to make the Clewiston Tennis Park more user-friendly, creating an attractive venue for playing and watching tennis matches.  Currently, the facility has no shaded area, no permanent seating and no central gathering point around the courts for players to mingle before and after matches.  The goal of the Clewiston Tennis Association and the City of Clewiston is to construct aluminum bleachers, tables, landscaping, signage, walkways, an all-weather bulletin board, windscreens and a patio area which will encourage new players to get involved in the sport of tennis and draw more people to participate in tennis as a lifetime sport. 

The six court tennis facility is open for public use 24/7 and serves as the “home court” for the local high school boys and girls tennis team and is used for USTA sanctioned and non-sanctioned youth and adult tournaments, plus instructional programs.  This is the first public facility grant for the CCTA.

“We are wonderfully surprised that we were approved for the grant from USTA Florida,” said Tim Allen, Secretary/Treasurer of CCTA.  “The City of Clewiston is pleased that the Community Tennis Association was able to help them bring in the grant.”

The goal is to complete the project by October 20, 2007, the date of the Clewiston Fall Super Series (BG 10-14).

In 1995, two tennis courts were constructed at the Hank Kline Tennis Courts for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Inc.  After 12 years, it is time the courts get a facelift.  The $1,250 grant, along with matching funds of $1,250 from the USTA, will help the organization fix large cracks and patch-up run down areas, as well as coat the tennis courts with a four coat all acrylic resurface/color system.   The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, Inc. opens its doors to children of all races and ethnicities and helps at-risk youth by providing them with structure, fun activities, sports and leadership skills to keep them away from illegal activities.   The newly renovated tennis courts will no doubt draw greater interest in tennis and provide the kids with high quality competitive surfaces.

“USTA Florida is thrilled to be able to assist these three worthy organizations with funding for tennis court renovations,” said Linda Curtis, USTA Florida Director of Community Development.  “We look forward to hearing about the growth of tennis on the courts.” 

All tennis improvements should be completed no later than September 30, 2007.

 

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