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2013 USTA Multicultural/Diversity Tennis Grant Window Open

October 3, 2012 01:31 PM
mediawall-multicultural-graApplications are open for 2013 USTA multicultural/diversity tennis grants, with November and December deadlines for various grant applications. The purpose of the annual USTA multicultural/diversity grants is to provide tennis and education funding to organizations and individuals that lack financial resources, as well as for local program organizers delivering tennis programs to multicultural audiences.

The USTA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative is made up of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, comprised of USTA national and USTA sectional volunteers, and full-time staff members at the national and sectional level. The volunteer committees and the staff work in a coordinated effort to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in all areas of the USTA. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee was formed by the USTA to increase participation-particularly in the African-American, Asian, Latino, Hispanic, and Native American communities.

"We encourage all qualifying minority junior tennis players and programs servicing minority players in Florida to apply for these grants, which open up a world of opportunities for competitive tennis players," said USTA Florida Tennis Program and Diversity Coordinator Shelly Licorish. "These organization and individual awards not only honor groundbreaking players like Althea Gibson and Pancho Gonzalez, but opens doors for the next Althea or Pancho."

2013 grants and deadlines:

Pancho Gonzalez Scholar Athlete Grant
In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men's singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life, we look to reward a player(s) who works to excel in leading others on and off the court. The recipient(s) must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.
Number of grants available: 2 grants (one male and one female)
Date Apps. Due to USTA National Office: Dec. 31, 2012

Multicultural Excellence Program Grant
Provide funding to competitive junior development programs that are training youngsters aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program. Must be a year-round program that provides a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities. Must have a history of developing tournament level players.
Grant amount: up to $15,000 plus coaching assistance
Date Apps. Due Section: Nov. 9, 2012

Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training
Provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on the success level of the player in the previous year. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Have a history of strong national tournament results.
Grant Amount: maximum $10,000
Date Apps Due Section: Nov. 9, 2012

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant
Honor the memory, life, and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, on and off the court. Reward players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Grant Amount: $5,000
Date Apps. Due to USTA National Office: Dec. 31, 2012

Althea Gibson Leadership Award
Honor the memory, life, and achievements of Althea Gibson, who paved the way for millions who followed. Reward players who work to excel in leading others on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round.
Total Grant Amount available to be awarded annually: $5,000 (up to a maximum total)
Date Apps. Due to USTA National Office: Dec. 31, 2012

To view the full grant applications go to www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/AwardsandGrants/.

For questions regarding USTA multicultural grants at the national or USTA Florida section level, e-mail Shelly Licorish at licorish@florida.usta.com.
  
 

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