Brandon, Jacksonville, Orlando Kids Tennis Organizations Receive USTA Serves Grants
USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association national body, announced today that it has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 44 community tennis and education organizations during its 2012 spring funding cycle.
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children with the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed $11 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.
The three Florida tennis organizations serving children that were awarded were Brandon's Sports and Aquatic Center, Orlando's Hebni Nutrition Consultants, and Jacksonville's MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation.
The Tennis for Fun adaptive tennis program, based at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, was also awarded the 2011 USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award. The award is given to a program or program leader who has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community.
Hebni Nutrition Consultants has been the recipient of a USTA Florida "Share the Love" grant, and in 2010 was awarded a $10,000 grant from USTA Serves under its "Aces for Kids" grants umbrella. Its health and wellness program, K.Y.D.S. (Keeping Your Diet Straight) Take Charge, includes weekly tennis instruction and reaches approximately 85 minority students each year who are at risk for Type II diabetes and obesity, and provides weekly nutrition education and exercise demonstrations, as well as healthy cooking classes. The KYDS program has served more than 400 youth, ages 9-15, since its inception in 2006.
The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) has also received Share the Love funding from USTA Florida, and in 2010 was also awarded a $15,000 grant from USTA Serves' "Aces for Kids" grants umbrella. The MaliVai Washington Youth Center at Emmett Reed Park near downtown Jacksonville is a $3 million facility complete with eight hardcourts, three permanent 10 and Under Tennis courts, a basketball court, library, classrooms, teen room, multi-media center, fitness room, kitchen, as well as MWKF administrative offices. MWKF launched its flagship program, TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) in 2000.
"USTA Serves is proud to continue to provide financial resources to organizations impacting the future of thousands of children throughout the nation, helping them to develop life skills through tennis and education," says Deborah Slaner Larkin, executive director, USTA Serves. "It is our hope and belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact their communities and beyond."
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PTR to Host New Directors of Tennis Conference
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced it will hold its inaugural Directors of Tennis Conference on Oct. 16-18, 2012, on Hilton Head Island, S.C. This will be the first conference in North America that is targeted specifically to directors of tennis.
"We spoke with representatives in the tennis industry about the need to offer more of a business tract dedicated to helping directors of tennis," said Dan Santorum, CEO of PTR. "Both PTR and the tennis industry are excited, and we believe this will strengthen our profession, tennis facilities and our sport."
The inaugural conference will be limited to 75 attendees who are directors of tennis in the United States, U.S. territories and Canada, and will be on a first come, first served basis. A variety of topics relevant to directors (indoor, resort, country club and private facility) will be addressed by faculty that includes directors of tennis and consultants Doug Cash, Jorge Andrew, Roy Barth, David Brouwer, Michael Mahoney, Mark McMahon and others.
"Tennis Industry Association is looking forward to being involved and to providing an update of where our industry is right now and where we believe it is headed," said Jolyn de Boer, TIA executive director. "We applaud PTR for its ongoing effort to offer continuing education and training."
The USTA will host a luncheon and Kurt Kamperman, USTA chief executive of community tennis and a former director of tennis, will be one of the keynote speakers. Kamperman says, "Directors of tennis are vital to the success of tennis facilities. The more efficiently and effectively tennis facilities are managed, the more robust the tennis industry will be."
The conference will also feature vendor displays to showcase products and services. Registration is now open by calling PTR at (843) 785-7244.